a reply to: Metallicus
I believe I know how you feel.
I became politically aware in 1997. I only remember this because by coincidence, it was around the time that Princess Diana died. Over the years,
every layer I pealed back revealed more and more corruption, more and more nepotism, more and more deception and more and more bold faced lies. As
far as I can see, there is really no end to it. It seems there is no line drawn where people in control will say, "This is too far even for us."
Although to this day I have flare-ups of anger mixed with a dose of sadness about it. While it's true that my happiness, to an large extent, needs to
come from within, I can't help but become frustrated when I look around and see that so many people care so little about what crooked politicians and
their private sector counterparts are doing to them yet can tell you every aspect about celebrities' love lives. To answer your question.... I can't
tell if those who only read the entertainment section of the news are happier than those who have dug deep (maybe too deep) into the affairs of their
respective countries. My instinct is to say the answer is a resounding "yes" but I wonder what happens in the minds of the uninformed when the laws
finally reach them. Do they take the hits harder because they didn't see it coming? Are the less able to prepare, thus less able to cope?
As I mentioned, I do get flare-ups of anger/sadness when I let my mind wander. However, I've been so beaten down my my own knowledge and
understanding that for the most part, I try to keep myself numb. I know that the systems are all screwed up so the best thing I try to do is
understand the rules of this game and do anything and everything I can to provide for myself and my family and do whatever I can to secure our future.
To that end....
Hopefully I haven't lived half my life yet. With that understanding I have built a career and while everyone can suddenly get fired, my current job
is basically fire-proof. If I choose to, I could likely spend the rest of my career where I am. My wife has also built a career and if she chooses
to, she can probably work here current job for the rest of her working life (although I do have to admit her job will most definitely be performed by
a robot in the future.... here's to hoping that is not until after she retires). We are (knock on wood) closing on our first home this summer and we
both save as much as we can and invest in low risk, slow growth stocks when we can. My point is, even as screwed up as everything is, I do believe my
wife and I will be able to ride out the rest of our lives. However....
We have a four year old son. I literally pace around the apartment at times, scared nearly to death about what this place will be like when he and
those his age become young adults. Bit by bit, the powers that be chip away and seize more and more capital and more and more control. What will be
left for the next generation? Anything at all? We are doing everything we can think of to secure a future for him. We sacrifice to send him to the
best private school we can. We sign him up for sports so he can get whatever it is we get from those types of activities. We have started saving for
his college so hopefully he won't be burdened upon getting a degree. Will that degree be worth anything if there aren't any jobs left to apply
Back again to the question at hand. I see other parents that appear to just wing it and not worry about the future. Are they happy now or in the
back of their mind, do they KNOW that trouble is headed their way?
As much misery as figuring things out has brought me, I guess, if I had a gun to my head and had to answer, I would say I'm glad to know whats going
on so I can do my best to prepare for it.
The best advice I give to myself is steal away as many care free moments as possible. I remind myself to lose myself when playing with my son or
talking with my wife. It's not always easy to block out the horrors of this world but with some practice it can be done. I cherish those times.