Fear, fear and more fear...
Friday, November 30, 2007 Posted: 09:33 AM JST
This article by Carolyn Baker oozes fear. The scary part is that some of her concerns resemble some of my own views. I have told some of my best friends many times that the current state of the US reminds me of the end of the Roman Empire, while the current world situation resembles the onset of the Great Depression and the subsequent wars much more than I would like. Add to that the environmental problems that we are now facing.
Covering the natural disasters of the past few years made me realize how incredibly fragile our modern world has become. We live on a knife's edge. Compared to previous centuries, we live in the best of times health-wise, crime-wise, prosperity-wise, etc. It is natural that after every peak, there comes a downturn. The current peak has come at such enormous cost, that the downturn could be potentially devastating.
It worries me that all the problems the world is facing at the moment may come together to create a "perfect storm."
I am not the kind of person to walk around with a sign that screams, "The End is Nigh" or give in to fear. But then I read an article like this and realize that I am not the only one who sees shadows in the future. But sometimes you can see too many shadows of course. Perhaps Carolyn Baker sees too many. An e-mail buddy of mine calls Baker "a doomsayer clad in white."
Nonetheless, I feel there is fear spreading around the world. Many people feel uncomfortable about the future. Sometimes that fear seems to overwhelm me, too. Most probably because the fear-mongering media have affected me, and I can't think of anything that I can do to protect myself and the ones I love or influence things (how do you stop a potential war in Iran?).
The concerns and the problems that we are facing in the world today are all too real. But we won't make them better with fear. Fear may rouse some into action, but it could just as well force many others to stick their heads into the sand and do nothing.
As Franklin D. Roosevelt famously said, "There is nothing to fear but fear itself..."
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