People occasionally tell me that what I describe as an upside down crazy world is nothing more than me overreacting to everyday events. Maybe so… I am passionate about what I believe and about caring for others. My thought however is that if news stories were puzzle pieces that fit together to form a larger picture, that picture would not be a pleasant one.
My problem in today’s upside down crazy world is that too many of the normal stresses and strains on the cultural fabric that makes up our civilization have been exacerbated by corporate greed and government malfeasance as is exhibited by the reckless borrowing, foolish spending, and cultural degradation of today’s world.
While these trends are not new and have been out of control for decades, the ever increasing rate of deterioration is increasing at an increasing rate. We are literally witness to a nexus in history, I think. Americans have been blessed and live comfortable controlled lives, largely protected from the worst tragedies in life. My concern is that we have surpassed a breaking point and our comfortable existence is now at risk. None of us care to acknowledge just how serious things like the national debt, an uncontrolled border, corporate theft, or a lawless government are. We just go on with our lives and hope that things will get better. Even my family continues to go to work and pay the mortgage. I am still even contributing to my 401K regardless that I have very little faith that 401Ks will survive what may be coming.
I guess, like many people, I hope I can make it the five and a half more years I need so that I can get my money out of the system and use it to set up the economy I will depend on in retirement. Sure, I have taken steps to mitigate the risk, but as my characters Catherine, Megan and Annie learned in Phoenix Republic when their comfortable world simply ceased to exist, collapse builds for a long time but takes place in the blink of an eye.
Consider, if you will just a sample of news stories from the past week. A caliphate now exists in the heart of the Middle East. Syria, Iraq, and Now Israel are embroiled in fighting. If you don’t believe that this is a battle for civilization you are living in denial. Again today another story talks about Christian’s being threatened with the worst possible fates. ISIS Has a Deadly Ultimatum for Christians
Tens of thousands of desperate people are flooding across the US southern border all but unchecked. The United States government not only refuses to enforce the law, but is actually encouraging the situation. States like Texas are now forced not only to careg for the illegal immigrants, but to take extraordinary steps to try to stem the flow by guarding their borders on their own.
We have The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) talking about the increase in income disparity between investment holders and wage earners. As most of us earn and live off of wages in the USA and in Europe the vast majority of citizens are finding it more and more difficult to maintain their standard of living. The problem is an increasingly out of touch elite class continue to talk about taxing their citizens while ignoring the other half of the equation which means reducing the cost of government. All the while, the economy continues to decline which also puts pressure on average citizens. As the article points out there is a point where civil unrest is unavoidable. The only question is where is that redline?
When life is too broken in too many places it is easy to just give up, but my thought is that even now one must prepare and try to be a blessing for others. Life will go on even if the current paradigm fails. All that giving up means is that one will be more dependent and more at risk than otherwise they might have been when that time comes. Even in a crazy upside down world there are things to live for. We have family and loved ones to cling to and to protect. We have faith and we have hope.
What will your world look like in a year, or two, or five?