Day one of a new year. Every year on this day, people all over the world have the same opportunity to look forward with renewed hope. It’s a cross-cultural phenomenon. The people who live in palaces celebrate, as do the people who live in slums. People from the East celebrate, and, hours later, so do the people from the West. Some parties are more lavish than others. Some people sip champagne in cocktail dresses, while others shiver in torn coats, watching the minute hand slowly click over to midnight on a public clock from makeshift homes of cardboard. On New…