Saturday, March 28, 2009

Depression:the opposite of Happiness

Folks who are describing the present recession seem to delight as Obamanomics definitions become the "worse crisis since the Depression." And years ago we defined recesion as when your neighbor lost his job but a depression is when you lose yours.

The other definition of depression is staring us in the face these days and if it hasn't hit you yet, it will at least give you a glancing blow.

In reading a magazine put out by a religious order the other day the juxtaposition of two articles really hit this nail on the head. The first was a very liberal review of a new book about JFK's assassination with the accompanying opinion piece touting how Kruschev really was a peaceful guy who was cooperating with Pope John XXIII and JFK on peaceful overtures. (Gag me with a spoon.)

The next article was a short fiction piece about a hero from WWII which was predicated on the "greater love hath no man than to lay down one's life for his friend." My take: no amount of peaceful talk will eliminate the evil in the world and we really need to "trust but verify" and have the power to repel evil activity
to keep all but the most fanatic of terrorists at bay.

Today's WSJ spoke to the growing number of suicides in the military and of course the most obvious cause is repeated tours of duty in the mideast and the consequent stress on families, foreclosures, divorce all the while trying to do your military assignment. You can see where this is going.

The other day I mentioned observing small children and feeling sad about their futures. Putting all these subjects together makes me think that there isn't enough Prozac or Zanax in the world to make us happy again. That same magazine noted that we can live 3 minutes without air, 3 hours in severe conditions without shelter, 3 days without water, 3 weeks without food and 3 months without hope. I presume these are all averages, but some are going to hit the 3 month wall pretty soon now.

And if things continue as they have been since January 19, who is going to predict that May 1 will bring a lot more than May flowers? Maybe, just maybe the Tea Parties on April 15 will make Obama take notice and at least listen to the loyal opposition. It was just too scary to see the mob mentality expressed in Connecticut and New York re the AIG bonus situation. We can hope this is the darkness before the dawn. Perhaps this Lenten season is bringing us to the eternal hope of Easter.

Again, God bless, we need it..........


Tim Fleming said...

Maybe you should join the military and become one of the WSJ stats. This would really make it a better world.

The Wolverine said...

While I support the idea and plan to participate in a Tea Party come 4/15, we must combat the move to bigger government at every turn on every level. For example, last night's "Earth Hour" is a move in the direction of more government influence in our lives. If you don't believe it, check out the upcoming replacement for Kyoto, only this time we don't have the political ability to do the right thing with Obama/Pelosi/Reid leading us by opting out. For my part last night at 8:30 I made a point to turn ON every light in my house to make my statement that I don't buy in to the audacity to believe that man can have a significant affect on the earth's climate. Man-made global warming is a hoax perpetrated by the left to scare people into allowing the government to have more control over our lives. Be careful America and read your constitution. Try to find the sections that allow the government to do half of what it has been doing lately.

Anonymous said...

Of course I don't know who Tim Fleming is or where he lives, but he is a prime example of libs who would just like to rid the world of anyone who disagrees with them.
Kinda mean-spirited, right? lp