Sunday, March 13, 2011

Blimey! With all that is happening in the world where does one start.
As the UN and  Western leaders scratch their collective arses Ghaddafi is destroying the rebels. Earthquakes, tsunami and now an apparent nuclear meltdown in Japan. All of this against a backdrop of economic and financial woes as well as the increasing discontent and anger throughout the Middle East. Meanwhile, wars in various foreign lands continue and are likely to increase.
Mrs C. keeps quoting the Mayan prophecies at me "It'll all end in 2012" but I believe the collapse of our current civilization will be a long drawn out process. Mind you, in the UK with little in the way of producing power apart from a glut of barely spinning wind turbines the lights may go out very quickly. Undoubtedly the latest news from Japan of  "nuclear meltdown armageddon" will ensure increased opposition to building any new nuclear power stations in the UK and a greater emphasis on green technology. I tried talking to friends about this but most people prefer to bury their heads in the TV schedules.

 I studied modern history at university but the so called Dark Ages ( now renamed early mediaeval / post Roman, etc...) is one area I have always been fascinated by. I used to try and imagine what it was like to live during the twilight years of the western Roman empire. Increasing inflation, increasing public spending, tax evasion and avoidance plus avoidance of civic responsibilty and barbarians both within and at the borders of the empire. Although a superficial parallel with our current situation I now have an increasing belief that I no longer have to imagine what it was like to live in those twilight years. It is possibly more pertinent to apply this to the USA as Britain is merely a vassal state to the USA. As for the new Roman Empire of the EU... it may not survive in it's current state and a Diocletian response may be adopted, the irony being that the Germans decide this with the support of the French whilst Britain rebels against imperial power. Again, parallels of the then (late third century A.D.) and now. Sadly, the teaching of much that is useful, in this case proper history, is dumbed down as it's popularity on TV increases, albeit as drama.
  "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it".
   The Life of Reason, Volume 1, 1905 George Satayana.

I would order in extra popcorn but I don't think I will have the luxury of sitting in the two and nine seats as Pearl and Dean blast out from the speakers and we anticipate the main show. I'll be third bearded pleb from the left in the first crowd scene as befits my lowly position and I won't be named in the credits, whichever language they'll be written in.


Blogger Scoakat said...

Things have generally been viewed as on the upswing here in the U.S.- until the price of gas goes up again, then the price of everything goes up. As for the world and now Libya, most of us tend to feel our volunteer armed forces are spread too thin and have been for too long. The world has a lot of problems right now, different yet similar ones everywhere. I fear the possibility of any collapse of the world economy, be it by nature, arrogance or uprising, yet I think all may not be lost. No matter what happens we deal with it, for better or worse, time moves forward and so must we.

1:16 am  
Blogger delcatto said...

Oddly enough I tend to be pragmatic although slightly optimistic about the future. Apart that is from politicians whom I generally consider to be lying self-seeking wankers of the first water. Most ordinary people are ok.

7:15 pm  

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