This time of year, when our nights are long and we spend more time quietly alone and inside, we take time to reflect on our lives. In a culture descended from the Puritans, we necessarily find ourselves wanting. But just when the dark lasts longest, the sun begins to return, and we become hopeful again. This mix of criticism followed by hope leads to New Year’s resolutions. And despite years of broken resolutions, we still believe we can be better. Thus we resolve to be.