the end is nigh?

A bit of a gloomy story from a few days ago, but it brings together a lot of the separate comments I’ve heard recently.

Is everything spinning out of control? Midwestern levees are bursting. Polar bears are adrift. Gas prices are skyrocketing. Home values are abysmal. Air fares, college tuition and health care border on unaffordable. Wars without end rage in Iraq, Afghanistan and against terrorism.

Horatio Alger, twist in your grave.

The End is Night, art installation by Rupert White

It goes on to say that our options for escapism are pretty bleak too. The US dollar is weak, the strike killed TV for over ½ a season, the newspaper and video store are dying out and sports is so rife with scandal that one can hardly enjoy it anymore.

I read this morning that the new debate of “money for gas vs money for food” has a new participant: utilities. I’m long past my days of living paycheck to paycheck, but I work with people who have small to medium-sized families and are still circling “PAY DAY” in big red ink on their desk calendars. I know they’re hesitant to call this a recession, but what else would you call what the US is going through right now? And “just desserts” is not a constructive answer. 😛

Of course if you believe the world is going to end (or undergo a massive transformation of some sort) in 2012, it doesn’t much matter anyway. Unless, like me, you’ll happen to be turning a certain milestone age which we will not speak aloud in 2012, in which case booking my own massive transformation, perhaps at one of Europe’s finest spas, sounds like a pretty good idea.

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5 Responses

  1. Kyle says:

    Pyack seems to be looking forward to the world ending in 2012, partly because he will be seeing the big 40 around that time. Maybe you all can start a group: Gay Men Seeking the End of the World because They turn 40 in 2012. Because as you know, all gay men begin to disappear in some way or another after they turn 40, LOL.

  2. Brian says:

    Who said that? I thought I saw a comment here, but there seems to be some sort of temporal field causing me to be completely unable to acknowledge it! 😈

  3. pyack says:

    i don’t even know how to respond to this. i will say that I will be able to remember my 40th birthday in 2012, not sure gramps will remember his 40th by then.

  4. My fiance and I are one of those who circle the paydays, although with our new increases, life will be a bit easier, but the way the world is… I wanted kids, and now I’m not sure. I don’t know. The world is a scary place right now, heh.

  5. Chris Collins says:

    The world ends when one turns 40? But, the world has been around for the past almost 25 months. How can that be? 🙄

    Maybe, you all should be ignoring the mainstream mind-control…I mean…’media’. The world is not as doomed as the gloomies want you to think. For me, I choose life. :mrgreen:

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