Millions of people, if not billions, throughout the world are now going through the annual rite of futility--making New Years Resolutions. Doing so makes them feel better, instantaneously, like momentarily repenting of one's egregious sins. But stop and think: If New Years Resolutions did any good, or if they were effective, we would now be living in a near-perfect world. Fat people would all be thin. Rude people would now all be polite. Grouchy people would now all be cheerful, exuding sunshine and smiles. Workers in offices would now double check all details on orders and paperwork, making sure no stupid and inexcusable errors remained that would require months of exasperation, dozens of phone calls, and thousands of dollars worth of effort to correct. People in movie theaters would now shut their blabbering mouths and turn off their cell phones.