On hindsight, the steady decline of our civilization began 25 years ago today, when we said goodbye to Calvin and Hobbes.

“A new year…a fresh, clean start!” a joyous boy in red mittens said a quarter-century ago this week, shortly before soaring forth on the most famous sled in American arts this side of “Citizen Kane.” And just like that, the high-spirited 6-year-old and his best buddy were never seen again — at least not in new images.

‘Calvin and Hobbes’ said goodbye 25 years ago. Here’s why Bill Watterson’s masterwork enchants us still.

And with that, the good in the world was extinguished as we were left with just our sour imaginations. Happy fucking new year, everyone!