posted on Apr, 8 2010 @ 01:40 AM
Hemingway once wrote a story with a man who went broke "slowly, and then all at once."
This is how its going to be with the majority of people...they will put off the inevitable and use all their energy in denial up until the last
possible minute. Then they will lose everything in one stroke. They will look back and understand that although it seemed like the collapse happened
all at once, it was only the end result of a long, slow grind during which they pretended everything was OK. No, scratch that. They won't realize
this. They will instead savagly blame somebody else for their problems. Depending on the scapegoat chosen, it may be somebody who deserves the blame,
and it may not be, but rest assured -- nobody will blame themselves.
That's human nature. Denial, denial, denial ---> panic and sudden falure ---> pick a scapegoat and go nuts in an orgy of bloodletting.
I was in LA a few weeks ago, driving around Beverly Hills and the Laurel Canyon area. I couldn't belive how lush and beautiful it was, and how much
casual wealth was on display: big, well-tended homes sprawled here and there, wide, lazy roads, trickling fountains, the smell of bouganvilla in the
air. It was hard to square this with all the grim news
tales of impending doom
about that area that are increasingly
popping up on the net like evil toadstools. It's easy in such a lavish environment to be lulled into complacency, even for a curmudgeony pessimist
Because its hard to square the facade with the core, people choose the path of least resistance: the belief that because everything seems OK,
everything is OK. Until, of course, it isn't.
[edit on 4/8/10 by silent thunder]