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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.

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