I've been sooo over-reacting to the state of the nation, its terrorism, the torture, our revocation of rights and treasonous absolution of the democracy. Thanks to my recent readings, I'm slowly coming to realize that and, as a result, I want to apologize to those of you who drop by and read some of my rants here. I didn't mean to contribute to anyone's growing angst about the state of the union. That's because there's really no cause for alarm!
From the book, The Party's Over--Oil, War and the Fate of Industrial Societies, I've learned, unless there's some top secret alternative energy source stashed away until the last barrel of oil's sold for a million dollars, several billion of the Earth's population will perish for lack of energy that's enabled the current population glut we now "enjoy".
So if we understand that, we shouldn't be so upset about Bush "spreading democracy" around the world. He just has to call it that. He's really trying to secure as much of the Earth's last oil for us he can so we Americans can live in the manner to which we're accustomed for as long as possible before we collapse into total chaos and anarchy.
And from The Collapse of Complex Societies I've learned that all of the edginess we as a society are feeling doesn't have as much to do with the illegitimacy of our current Bush government and its crimminal international activities as the fact we're living at the end of a cycle that's been repeated over and over with societies like the Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Mayans, etc. That is, we're on an increasingly steeper and steeper slope of decline into total mayhem. It's just the natural progression of history.
As an interesting sidenote, I learned of a couple characteristics that historically all empires in decline seem to share. They become increasingly more and more vulnerable to attack from outside and, increasingly, there is growing dissatisfaction among the citizenry, many of whom begin to view living somewhere else preferable to toughing out the collapse.
(To this latter trait, I confess there have been moments in recent years where the idea of moving to Canada, Mexico or Paraguay has seemed increasingly more attractive.)
Oh, and another characteristic common among these former empire giants of the past, now vanished? At their height, they are huge exporters of goods and creditors to the lesser world ala the former USA. But at their end, they become enormous importers of goods they no longer are capable of manufacturing for themselves. They become debtor states, which is a huge understatement for the US today. We have become the most monstrous debtor state the world has ever seen. That's probably not a good sign.
Finally, from A Terrible Love of War, a tome which I've shared a few thoughts from in recent blogs, I've learned not to be alarmed at man's seemingly endless lust for war. Of the shock at the death and destruction, maiming and mayhem it causes because, as its victims and victors discover, it delivers a "profound sense of existing, of being human" like nothing else can.
So the point is, these apparently alarming dysfunctions the US is displaying should be of no concern if taken in their proper historical and psychological contexts. Bush is just the man we need at a time like this. And despite my revelation, I read in this morning's headlines that poor Bush's approval ratings continue to sink like a rock. Americans, even those of his own party, are deserting him faster than passengers deserted the Titanic.
That's a real shame, because Bush's plunge is nothing but a reflection of our own as a nation. Deserting Bush may be a huge mistake we may live to regret. He's leading us where history dictates we must go. And more than that, probably exactly where we deserve to be.
In the words of Bobby McFerrin who echos the theme of Dr. Strangelove, the movie, "Don't worry, be happy." There. Hopefully everyone reading this is feeling a little better now!