While wrapping up another semester at school, one of the questions a professor asked us was, “What did we feel the biggest challenges facing Europe and the world today where and why?”
The answers, where both typical and surprising. Out of 20 students eleven felt it was the economy, four felt it was the earth’s resources, and terrorism and overpopulation was tied with two each greed was the last runner up but we could put that in with economy as well. What makes this interesting for me is that these opinions are coming from a varied demographic of people, they are not all kids or older students but a blending of differences.
When I think about where the world is headed I don’t feel warm and fuzzy anymore. Not because I doubt the American spirit, I think that is still strong. What I have a hard time ignoring are the signs of trouble to come. Anyone who has ever taken a History class on European History, Western History, or Ancient History the one key theme that always repeats itself is that when a society becomes to large it eventually falls apart. We have seen that in Republics, Communistic societies, as well as Monarchies no one is exempt.
When a society gets too big for its britches it falls apart. Now please do not, misunderstand what I am saying here. Our leadership is what it is, and frankly, I do not think it matters who is in office at this point. As long as our national deficit continues to grow, and we continue to allow government to restrict us more and more as its citizens we are going to lose.
Over population is another issue, which in turn does affect food supplies water supplies and natural resources. When I think of it, what pops into to my mind is “Soylent Green” with Charlton Heston. “Soylent Green is people.”
Terrorism is something I think all of us will see more of in the future. The tragedy of 9/11 was our wake-up call that terrorists are real. Everyone loses when terrorism is let loose in our world. It’s a disease that is not going to go away, as long as there is hate and people who embrace death it will survive.
I've read articles, journals, books by various writers and the feeling that we are in the crapper is pretty solid across the board. Some say it more eloquently then others, but it is hard to ignore as we watch our dollar become worth, less and less. The more they print the less value it will have.
Just to give you a little perspective here, “China with 1.3 trillion dollars is the largest buyer and holder of US Treasury bonds.(Merco Press)
What does that mean for you and I, pretty much that China is well on its way to buying its way in, and they want to purchase as much of our debt as possible. So if our government defaults on these debts, which is possible if they keep going as they are you can draw your own conclusions. Kind of like the current foreclosure market today.
Not very encouraging for the American dream.
So ask yourself, what do you feel is the biggest challenge facing the world today? Please feel free to comment because I will publish them.