Posted on December 31, 2017December 31, 2017 by WillemGood-bye 2017. Hello 2018! And there it goes, the year that was 2017. Happy New Year, everyone. How does one become a better person (‘mensch’)? asks the Süddeutsche Zeiting newspaper. Many people want to, but do not know exactly how to. Well, it does take conscious effort, but it’s not complicated. ‘You just have to start’, says the author.