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.
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.