What with television, radio, the internet, satellites, and gossipy neighbors, we have a full gamut of news and ideas on/over which to ruminate. (I couldn't decide which adverb was proper; feel free to enlighten me.)
Our nation is beside itself with the "spiraling" debt crisis and all the so-called news-worthy debris left in its wake. Flotsam, jetsam, lagan, derelict. Pitiful news coverage, is what I call it.
I wonder what our daily lives would be like, say, 235 years ago? 235 years ago there was tremendous bugaboo about this land/our country/ our nation.
What about 146 years ago? A big, big civil war had been splitting us all up.
If one Wiki's August 1, he can see the amazing history that we, the United States of America, have yet to experience.
Anyone who might follow Bible readings will see:
Ecclesiastes 1:9, King James Version (because I like it):
9The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.
So, in effect, we Americans are "youngsters" in the realm of nations, and we, too shall encounter some hardships along the way. That's my way of thinking, anyway.
If your parents (and mine) are worried about their SS check this month, or if your spouse (and my) are worried about their federal jobs this week, well, that is a big concern. But, looking at history, this is not a novel situation. It's just that we Americans are appalled that it happened to us. Appalled that our lawmakers can't get it together.
Well. History repeats itself. We can learn from history, but that doesn't mean the problems won't come knocking at OUR door. The United States of America are so young, in comparison to all the countries in Europe, Africa, Asia, and beyond.
I have no ending or epilogue to this note. I suppose a Coda will be in store, some 100+ years from now.