As with most serious problems in our country, only a crisis of major proportions generates action. By the time action is taken, however, it is always a day late and a dollar short. This results in bad judgment and further serious consequences. But this time it's going to be 2012, the end of our world as we know it.
All of the following will not happen by 2012. By 2012, however, the handwriting will be on the wall, and it will say that the only way we could ever get our power back is through a world war.
Both parties of congress point fingers at each other regarding the deficit, but neither acts when they are in power. That would be political suicide. Better to kick the can down the road and let the next group in power worry about it.
This arrangement of can kicking has worked for a long time, but it's obvious that we are about to get OUR can kicked.
The realities of 2012 involve a laundry list of eventual cuts that will affect every level of society from our adored military to our beloved entitlements and everything in between. Things will look nothing as they look today. Our military will be a shell of its former grandeur and old folks will be either roaming or rooming; roaming the streets or rooming with their kids, and getting medical care from the local pharmacist or medicine man.
Obviously things are changing rapidly. We can still borrow our way out of deficit spending, but each year that escape route becomes increasingly rocky. Within a short period of time, our industrial base, which has kept us in power for a century, will disintegrate to the point of eventual and irrevocable decline.
Politically, there will be no way around this. The only way to unite the disenchanted populace, about to tear each other to shreds arguing over who will get the crumbs that are left over, is war. People will be too incensed by their devastated standard of living and lifestyle to be in any mood for a gradual recovery that actually can never happen considering global competition.
The hatred and anger and finger pointing has already begun. Just watch TV for a moment or listen to Hate Radio.
At his juncture in time, 2012, the only thing that we can look forward to is an increasingly weakened military compared to developing nations such as China. Our only ace in the hole, so to speak, will be our nuclear weapons.
Because of our values which have developed in a undeviating straight line graph toward wealth, we have nothing to fall back on. The prospect of living in third world conditions down the road are unthinkable because of the large national ego we have cultivated and our national pride that will once again lead us into war.
There have been no serious attempts to develop spiritual values. Most religions justify moneymaking as a holy thing, as would be expected in a materialistic and capitalistic society where wealth is the pseudo God. So there is no way out of this scenario.
The war room will consider the number of people lost in an all-out nuclear war as logistics, just necessary casualties, and revel in the aftermath which will bring us back to our greatness again, with the help of God. Then there will be the contrived "incident," with escalations cleverly planned out and executed.
... And May God help us all. And keep us all wealthy.
anagarika eddie is a meditation teacher at:
http://www.dhammarocksprings.org/ and author of "A Year to Enlightenment"
His 30 years of meditation experience has taken him across four continents including two stopovers in Thailand where he practiced in the remote northeast forests as an ordained Theravada Buddhist monk.
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