Monday, December 8, 2008

The Earth Is A Cruel Spouse

The 20th Century was certainly one of tremendous transition. We crossed over from horses and trains to automobiles and aircraft. Empires crumbled and nations collapsed; it saw economic boom periods like the Roaring 20's, the 1990's as well as down periods like the Great Depression, the stagflation of the 1970's and several recessions.

The Spanish flu killed as many as 50-100 million people depending on which source you refer to. Another pandemic is long overdue in my opinion. The United States was on the move from the farms to the big cities after World War I ("The War To End All Wars") and then from the big cities to the suburbs after World War II.

The Soviet Union fell, but communism itself is alive and well.

As the case with life itself, nothing stays the same. The 21st century will be another century of rapid change. "They" are just now referring to this current economic downturn as a recession when those who study these events have known they would occur years ago. None of these things are surprising, although worrisome to a certain degree.

Most people can't even explain what caused the first Great Depression which is the very thing that is causing this one. So we can't even begin to address it. It is a by-product of human nature. Much like a person eating too much or people always being in a rush to keep up with the neighbors instead of slowing down and gaining a proper perspective.

I'm afraid we are going to have to undergo more painful surgery and complications before we finally "get it" and thus perhaps take a corrective course of action. Food shortages, military dictatorships, tax revolts for better or worse are all in the future. Another world war isn't out of the question either. Just brace yourselves, store up on necessities like food, water, gold, etc..., pray and determine a future course of action. It will just have to run its course.

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