In the 1970’s there was a quirky cartoon called The Adventures of Gulliver. Inevitably, at some point in the Lillyputians adventure for that day they would come across an obstacle that appeared too big to overcome. It was at this point in the episode the character named Glum would recite, in his deep baratone voice, “We’re doomed, we’ll never make it.” This long forgotten memory has surfaced to the forefront of my brain as I look around me these days.
Does the World, as we know it, seem to be crumbling around us or am I just a little too jacked-up about the state of things going on around us right now? It seems that every time I look at the paper or see the news on the boob tube (there’s a phrase in need of overhaul to keep up with the changing technology…”boob flat screen” just has no ring to it) something somewhere is collapsing and falling into ruin. Take your pick:
1. We’ve got our own problems right here on the Mothership with an economy that has just weathered the second worst faltering in its 200+ year existence. Despite all the experts insisting things are back on track and the worst is over there is still a sizeable portion of the population looking for work (or fearing they won’t have a job soon if productivity doesn’t pick up soon)
2. We’re not alone in the financial woes category as other countries like Greece and now Ireland are dealing with complete financial meltdowns resulting in civil unrest. The demise of the Euro in general is not far behind.
3. Dare we even open up the can of worms the unrest in North Africa and the Middle East currently presents? Egypt, Lybia, Yemen, Iran… Despite the whole state of affairs going on around the world, this push for Democracy in this area of the World could be the light at the end of the tunnel before it is all said and done.
4. How about Japan? Even Mother Nature is getting her licks in on us these days. The result of Mother Nature putting her thumb on them may be a nuclear meltdown with global consequences. You thought I was over-reaching with the Armageddon statement didn’t you? Oh, and don’t even start with the Global Warming fallacy. Show me proof that flatulent dinosaurs caused the Ice Age to occur and then I will start to consider your hypothesis that man is causing the Earth’s temperature change.
So what to do about all of this? Self preservation I say. I’ll be penning up some livestock in the backyard and doubling the size of the garden patch this year. I only pray that the glint off the barbed wire protecting my investment doesn’t spark a grass fire causing the Eastern half of the United States to go up in flames.