I have a general malaise. I’m expecting something. I’m anxious. I’m anticipating. I’m just not sure what.
Something is gonna break. Something is gonna give.
I fully expect the economy to get much worse. I get my news from a really large variety of sources and I don’t see any hopeful economic news on the horizon. I expect the employment picture to dim.
I do expect some eventual civil unrest in the US. As people continue to lose their jobs, homes and health insurance we’ll all be under more stress. More people will go hungry. More people living in their cars or with friends and relatives. The government safety net will be stretched to the breaking point and perhaps beyond.
To have a contract you need to have an offer and an acceptance. In my opinion the social contract has been breached. I grew up in a time that offered US citizens much hope. If you accepted the offer educated yourself, learned a trade or skill and worked hard you could get ahead. Not so much anymore. It’s getting more and more difficult to get ahead. Heck, it’s getting damn near impossible just to maintain one’s standard of living. Without the carrot of upward mobility being dangled in front of citizens’ faces it may get tough to keep people motivated and working for the system. I mean why borrow, struggle and bust butt only to end up in the same place you would have been had you just checked out of the societal expectation and made a go of it in less traditional means.
What do you tell the college senior who is graduating with tens of thousands in debt and no job prospects?
What do you tell the 65 year old who has been saving towards retirement for 50 years and now that retirement seems ephemeral and fleeting?
What do you tell the parent who no longer has health insurance for her kids because she was laid off?
Maybe our expectations have been too great. Maybe we asked too much of our country. Is it even possible for every successive generation to have an ever greater standard of living? To use the hot term of the day, is perpetual growth “sustainable?”
Poor, hungry, dissatisfied and anxious people have always been the catalyst for revolution. The US and the world are in for some enormous changes over the coming years. I expect nothing less than our very way of live to change, whether or not some people think that the American way of life is “non-negotiable.”
Prepare for the unknown. Gather your acorns. Build your nests. Find peace in nature.
This is a cool rock. This large rock is sitting at the very top of a little rocky knoll. How’d it get there? How’d it get higher than anything else around it? A glacier deposited this rock 10,000 years ago. The glaciers came down from the Great White North bringing with them rocks, gravel and sand. When the glaciers melted or retreated back up north they left all sorts of things behind. This rock is a good example of glacial erratic that could have been dragged for thousands of miles to its final resting spot.