When I hear people telling me to have a safe new year, I appreciate the sentiment, and I know what they mean. Untold harm is caused to oneself, and to others, when one forgets his responsibility to take care of himself. Whether in one's partying, or in terms of work habits, or whatever, placing ourselves into unnecessary danger is irresponsible, foolish, and bad stewardship of the gifts of this life.
I would like to employ this good advise, however, also as a point of departure for a couple of thoughts which are worthy of consideration as we set course on a new year.
First, one of the dangers, to our souls, in the level of importance we in the modern West have given to the "Be safe" approach to life is that it sends the message that immoral behavior is okay, so long as we engage in them in a safe manner. This is a mistake, and poses great danger, not only for the individual soul, but also for our culture generally.
Second, there is an important sense in which we should actually follow the opposite approach to life. That is, within one's calling and vocation, out of love for our neighbor (which is really all mankind, especially those who directly relate to us according to our various callings), and out of respect for the great unknown potential that is life, we ought to be bold, take risks, and embrace danger.
And so one of my more general goals, and my wish for the reader, is to take more risks, and in that sense, have a dangerous new year.