I try to avoid political rants on this blog. And I will continue to do so. But I am seriously thinking of starting another blog, under perhaps another persona, dedicated to the political arena. These are, as the Chinese curse goes, interesting times.
From Tea Parties to Town Hall protests, the country seems alive politically. Sure, it's divided but it has been for some time and the protests were mostly tepid. The mood of the country seems to be one of backlash and anger. As if the Sleeping Giant of the rank and file citizen has been awakened from a rather long hibernation.
Maybe it's because the Baby Boomer set is approaching retirement and perceiving it to be slipping away before their eyes? I retired early. Because I wanted to and because circumstances made it possible. I do not foresee Bad Times for me, personally, but I am no accomplished seer. I am also pragmatic and know that just one successful terror attack involving a dirty bomb or mass destruction will throw this country into a bigger tailspin than I have ever witnessed before. Much smaller things have interfered with other plans in my life.
You cannot protect yourself from that possibility... unless you are Warren Buffett or Bill Gates. Money has a way of easing all sorts of pain and discomfort. So I take a slightly different approach to the future. Que Sera Sera was a song in my youth. And it is a major part of my philosophy of life in general. As I cannot accurately predict the future, I choose to not worry about it either.
There is also the phrase from that song we all sang as children...
Row, row, row your boat,
gently down the stream.
Merrily, merrily, merrily,
life is but a dream.
Also well defined by Edgar Allan Poe's poem... A Dream Within a Dream
Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?
Just enjoy the ride.
A Night Unremembered
6 years ago