Physically and astronomically, at least. The political and social aspect of “brighter” are much more uncertain.
But erase us from the planet in an eyeblink and the rest of the biosphere in the Northern Hemisphere will merrily go onward toward June 21st with each day getting more hours of daylight.
The winter solstice is three weeks behind us, the Christmas lights are off and it’s a bit darker out there for that.
The moonlight waxes and wanes from night to night and that porch light can only do so much. Orion can guide our way, but we’ll have to bring our own inner light to our actions and attitudes.
Be kind. Be aware. Be responsible.
Get fully vaccinated. Wear a mask. Stay away from indoor crowds. Socially distance.
Be intelligent. Stay out of the cults that seem to be fracturing our society.
Be an adult but hold tight to a childlike sense of wonder.
Balance maintenance of a healthy skepticism with an open mind driven by facts.