You know the blogs I mean – the ones where every event, big or small, is an indication that DOOM lurks just around the corner.
The housing bust? DOOM.
The market nosedive AND its turnaround? DOOM.
Gas prices rising? DOOM.
The European Union’s current issues? DOOM.
The US deficit? DOOM.
And I tend to be a very gullible person. I am easy to unsettle, easy to scare. So I read these blogs, and they make a perfect case for the inevitable dissolution of life as we know it. These are the people who are stockpiling guns and ammunition in preparation for the day when all hell breaks loose.
At least in the US, our laws, our tax codes, our budgets, the processes that prop up our political system get more complex every year. If continued, they could soon be nothing more than a tangled web of chaos. Religious, racial, and socioeconomic relations are so strained that the fabric of society could snap at any moment.
It’s enough to make a girl want to buy her own gun and a farm in the middle of nowhere, growing enough food to stay alive and staying completely separate from the rest of society. At least until the zombies come.
In reality, the true DOOM of society will be an event we can’t foresee (reference: Black Swan Theory). And in reality, there is no point in worrying about future events and outcomes that we can’t control. Things will happen, and as individuals, there’s little we’ll actually be able to do to stop them.
The following details my plan for dealing with the inevitable bang/whimper of the end of the world:
- Spend as much time as possible doing things that make me happy so that I can look back on life without regrets.
- Have a backup plan, in case life as we know it continues. Keep working, keep saving.
- Repeat 1 and 2 as necessary.
Do you ever get really worried that the world is going to hell? How do you deal with those fears? Do you think booze would help me, or do I just need to get my doctors to prescribe me the good drugs this time?