EDITOR’S THE LETTER
Bidding to dodge the annual ‘New Year, New You’ spiel for this letter, I thought I’d begin with a series of related questions: how often do you think about the ancient Babylonians? And did you consider consulting them while setting any New Year’s resolutions? You know, seeing as they invented them 4000 or so years ago. The original resolutions were conceived for the greater good of humanity. But somewhere along the way people started to gravitate to idealistic resolutions focusing on self-improvement like exercising more, eating healthier or sleeping longer. They were for the good of the individual, not the collective. This might seem a bit heavy for the sunny month of January but there’s an argument to be had that society has long since been stifled by egotism. The world has suffered because people have been too consumed in their own lives – so much so we’ve taken for granted the world we live in, oblivious to the damage we’ve caused to our planet and ourselves. After the many truths that surfaced in 2018, it was encouraging to see how many people stood up to be heard – be it for equal rights, political progress or climate change, there was no shortage of activism. Donald Trump may still be the leader of the free world, but new hope surfaced last year that people were rising above the crowd to enact meaningful change. For the first time in as long as I can remember, there is a real sense of urgency running through people’s veins. There is no time like the present. 2019 is destined to be the year we revert back to taking collective responsibility for our actions. Fuelled by 2018’s momentum and positive talk, 2019 is when society again walks the walk, so to speak. A new era is dawning, and that’s why I’m saying it’s not too late to reset your resolutions for the year. Instead of solo missions, decide on them with your friends, family or colleagues. Or all of them. Ask around, collaborate and find important common ground between a group, so your resolutions can make a difference. New eras are scary for everyone but they arise out of necessity. Change has been coming for a while; mankind is finally starting to realise the impact of climate change; the fashion world is embracing better ethics; modern slavery is being addressed; even a Brexit outcome is imminent. And speaking of new eras, something of a guilty pleasure compared to the above, we’ve prepped for the void to be left in our lives once the final season of Game of Thrones airs this year. Considering the anxiety it’s caused, imagine how the cast feels – not least the man who will finally be free from Jon Snow, Kit Harington. Having spent close to a decade ensconced in a ridiculously successful role fighting dragons and living in fantasy, turn to p88 to see what is in store for the heartthrob (apart from a haircut and a shave). All I’ll say is, despite the uncertainty and imminent change on the horizon, he is excited about the future. We could all do with following his lead here. Also in this issue, get the lowdown from our Men of the Year awards, presented by Audi. Head to p77 to see how we celebrated 20 years of GQ Australia and read the many inspirational stories from our winners. One of them, Emily Ratajkowski, is adamant we are entering a new era for equality and diversity. Our GQ&A with the model-turned-activist (p34) is both enlightening and thought-provoking. In the style stakes, it’s no longer business as usual, either.