Monday, June 23, 2008

Chronicles Of Depression 2.0: #135

Everything seemingly is spinning out of control
[. . .] a battered public seems discouraged by the onslaught of dispiriting things. An Associated Press-Ipsos poll says a barrel-scraping 17 percent of people surveyed believe the country is moving in the right direction. That is the lowest reading since the survey began in 2003.

An ABC News-Washington Post survey put that figure at 14 percent, tying the low in more than three decades of taking soundings on the national mood.

"It is pretty scary," said Charles Truxal, 64, a retired corporate manager in Rochester, Minn. "People are thinking things are going to get better, and they haven't been. And then you go hide in your basement because tornadoes are coming through. If you think about things, you have very little power to make it change."

Emphasis added by me.

Why the vulnerability? After all, this is the 21st century, not a more primitive past when little in life was assured. Surely people know how to fix problems now.

Maybe. And maybe this is what the 21st century will be about — a great unraveling of some things long taken for granted.

Emphasis added by me.

I call it the Collapse Of All Things.

I wrote back in April:
With everything that’s happening, I should think about a new Category: The End Of The Whole Frikkin World.

And all this is just the overture.

The symphony has yet to play.

As the song goes, you ain't seen nothin' yet.

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