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Springtime evokes images of change, reawakening, and new beginnings. Nature is preparing, instinctively, in response to elemental cues. Though subject to nature’s laws, human responsiveness is also conditioned by free will and a complex host of emotions and socio-cultural learnings. Nothing is straightforward, despite so much taken for granted. Earlier New Year resolutions and wishes, for example, may by now be severely tested, if not forgotten. The Roman god Janus was worshipped as the controller of beginnings and journeying, depicted as a double-faced sculpture over doorways and gates, looking both ways. We often use the term ‘two-faced’ in a less pious and derogatory manner.

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