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Fiscal cliff? Just another dip in our endless road to ruin
While the instrument of demise varies, the fear of sociological destruction has been around since, well, the beginning to time. And the more educated the populace, the greater the paranoia seems to become.
In the 1950s, we built fallout shelters because we knew the Russians were going to attack us. Even after the bombs stopped falling, however, we were told we would need those shelters--and all the guns we could find--to protect ourselves from the unprepared segment of the population.
When the stock market crashed in 1987, someone sent an anonymous letter to the newspaper asking if I'd like to join some group that was preparing for the hordes of city dwellers that would attack us when the economic crisis worsened.
There were those who knew the world would end when the clock struck midnight on Dec. 31, 1999. Remember the Y2K scare? All the computers were supposed to malfunction and there would be no food for anyone.
For more than a year, people stored food and water and bought guns to protect themselves from those who would steal their stores.
No, this is nothing new. It is dejà vu all over again. After tens of thousands of years, we continue to live like our caveman ancestors, ready to fight to protect our food from the lazy tribe in the next valley who ignored the obvious signs and failed to prepare for the end that we knew was coming.
To tell you the truth, I'm more worried that the Earth will be sucked into that black hole on Dec. 21 than I am that we'll fall off the fiscal cliff.
Government leaders often play political Russian roulette with the people only to snatch the gun away just before the hammer hits the live round in the chamber. In the end, Congress will do something, if only to shove the cliff a few months farther down the road.
Meanwhile, TV's talking heads babble on, the gun manufacturers' bottom lines improve and K-rations sales soar.
As for all this "end of time" preparation, well, I think it is a useless waste of energy.
Remember that old saying, "You'll never hear the shot that kills you"?
If the end does come, it will probably be at a moment when we least expect it.
And all the guns in the closet won't help a bit.