In the U.S. and the Eurozone, financially, things are going from bad to worse according to Reuters today. Although both regions are trying desperately to talk up the situation, gild the lily so to speak, there is fear, there is stress.
It’s ironic in a way that a seriously corrupt system, one that has created so many mufti-millionaires and billionaires, is teetering on oblivion. All over the world, there must be people in luxury beds and mansions who can’t sleep at night wondering if their privilege and financial advantage is going to suddenly disappear under an avalanche of share market and real estate collapses, and mob rule.
I guess the Buddhist philosophy of making do with very little and expecting catastrophes to come along allows its devotees to survive whatever life throws at them. Those with little have little to lose. Most of the world’s people have little. Some have nothing!
But what about those who have screwed many in the pursuit of their fortunes? How will they cope with standing in a soup queue with ragged folk wearing torn clothes and shoes with split sides?
And those who retreat behind the walls of their mansions while hungry mobs howl and rage outside and call for their blood, imagine the fear they will feel as the mobs breach the fences and walls and they hear the sound of glass breaking and heavy doors splintering.
Payback time is getting closer. The rich have had their way for far too long. They were always too greedy. They saw only buckets of gold, not the hopeless faces of those who they exploited, who they starved.
They saw only gold watches and exotic sports cars and dining in fancy restaurants where the cost of a meal would keep a hundred peasants fed for a month.
A hungry mob suddenly awakened is a dangerous beast. It is not led by reason. It is driven by revenge.
The greedy rich have thumbed their noses at the poor for too long. They will pay a heavy price as Royalty did long ago in France.
When it’s all over, perhaps the world might become a place where equality reigns. It will for a time, then a new breed of manipulators and carpetbaggers will arise and the whole sorry system will repeat itself.
Humans never learn! Perhaps, when the nukes start falling, they may pay more attention.
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