There's so much saber-rattling going on these days about the economy. I would get caught up in the contagious fretting if I didn't read several times about the other "terrible recession" in the eighties. At that time, I was in my late teens/early twenties and politics and economics were just words the grown-ups cared about. All through that "recession", I had no trouble finding multiple employment opportunities. Then there was that book about the terrible stock market crash due in 1999. Was gonna turn the world upside down, remember? Nowadays, we're constantly assaulted with the recession word among other calamities, so much so that the news should just be retitled "Everybody Worry." I've heard the phrase a dozen times this week, "When the US economy sneezes, the world catches a cold." We should be afraid, very very afraid.
It's like peak oil. There was a show on the topic last night. I've read the hysteria, but again, what do I care if the oil companies lose their grip of power in the world. We humans are remarkably adaptable and clever, we'll find another way to power the world. The wind and the sun aren't going anywhere too quickly. I still think the biggest threat to the world is mutating viruses, but there's nothing we can do about that, so why worry about what you can't control.
We watched Hotel Rwanda last night. Riveting film. Tragic. It was so chilling to see the white UN peacekeepers say "Nobody in the west will help you, there are no votes here for them." Sometimes I just have to shake my head and wonder about how fucked up the world is, not the way we're being told it's fucked up, but the real things that happen slipping under the radar.
Well now, isn't this a jolly way to start the week.