Is the World Coming To An End?

Is it?  The Dow dropped over 600 points just today, after S&P dropped the rating of not only the United States but also Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.  We have a dysfunctional Congress and Senate.  We have a President who seems more concerned with fundraising and traveling than with leading the country.  We have federal departments with duplicate or outdated duties, not to mention the seemingly senseless programs.  Run, shrimp, run!!!  It seems like every politician is blaming someone else for our national problems, but it seems to me that they are ALL to blame.

Ok, those are our national problems.  What about the rest of the world?  Well, it’s not going so well either.  There were riots and burning in London today … apparently just for the fun of looting.  Other European nations have financial problems, being bailed out by other countries who have their own financial issues.  There is still a problem in the Middle East with rioting and ousting various dictators and regimes.  We are still losing our brave military men and women overseas.  There is still an issue with killing in Mexico, right on our own border.  With our own national problems going on, we haven’t heard much about the rest of the world the past few weeks but it’s still out there, bubbling under the surface.

When the media gets tired of reporting on our economy, when they get used to the “new norm,” we’ll start hearing more about other stories but what is going on worldwide that we aren’t hearing about right now?  We are stuck with tv news channels that dictate what they tell us, with reporters that tend to tell the news shaded by their own liberal or conservative ideology.  What ever happened to the reporters who just stated who, what, when, where, and how, and left the interpretation to us?  Why do we have to watch 2 or 3 different channels to get information that we have to sift through to get an unbiased reporting?

Is it too trite to say, as my parents used to say, “What’s happening to the world!”

What do you think about all of this?  How do you feel?  Do you feel safe?  Do you feel financially secure?  Do you worry about the future?  Do you see another Great Depression coming on?    Do you trust anyone, political or media?  Do you see any solution to what’s happening?  Do you see a light at the end of a tunnel?

I think our world, as we know it today, is ending, but I’m not sure what will take its place.

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2 responses to “Is the World Coming To An End?

  1. Turmoil is the norm, not the exception. While we may be facing a threat to our lifeSTYLE current events must be viewed in a historical perspective. We aren’t facing a life changing event like the Black Death in Europe in the middle ages.

    Mankind has evolved because we are adaptable. We have survived plagues, world wars, and economic castastrophies. In my lifetime I have seen the turmoil of the Kennedy assassination, the turbulence of social unrest and the Vietnam Nam war, government breakdown caused by Watergate and impeachment resulting from sexual activity, housing market collapse, financial collapse in stock market, high unemployment, terrorism that caused a change in lifestyle – all of which we have survived even though we wondered if this was the end of an era. We adapt and survive and move forward. This too will pass and we will move into another life changing challenge. The pendulum will continue to swing.

    Probably the biggest difference is that now we have instant communication and too much news to depress us. As I’ve aged I learned to tolerate those things I cannot change and focus more on those things I can change. I’m more worried at this point if the plants the landscaper planted in the spring will live through the summer.

    As long as I’ve got a healthy family and good friends I can adapt to whatever life throws at us.

    • Oh, I can always adapt also. I just think America’s changing … and not for the better … and I’m not sure that she wil survive in tact. Although today was interesting in that most of the media is questioning the congress and the administration on everything. What good are they really doing for this country? Who’s leading? Do we have a leader at all? Or is everyone in DC so out of touch that they couldn’t do something right if someone told them what to do.