Thursday, December 25, 2014

"The Future"

"Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future."
- Niels Bohr 

"The future ain't what it used to be."
Yogi Berra 

"Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, 
with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present."
- Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

We could list things of concern and consideration, of course... the coming, and absolutely unavoidable, world economic collapse, and it's subsequent suffering and hardship; the fact of global warming and climate change; the loss of civil liberties and freedom, and the existence of a true police state in America including total surveillance; poverty, homelessness, wealth inequality; wars for resources like oil and natural gas; ebola; drugs, and their consequences; and on and on and on... and the ultimate horror, Fukushima. I know, sometimes it's mind-numbingly overwhelming. Like Yogi said, "The future sure ain't what it used to be." And it won't be. I'd love to lie to you, tell you sweet fairy tales about how it's all going to be alright, don't worry, don't be afraid... but that's not for me to do. You, and all of us, must draw our own informed conclusions as to what's coming, and prepare for and respond as things happen, in our own way and manner, as best we can. Be strong. I wish us all well... - CP

Louis Armstrong, "What a Wonderful World"

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