Tuesday, October 18, 2005

What, Me Worry?

"When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened" ~ Sir Winston Churchill

Judging by the news, we humans are in a very sorry state of affairs, overall. Americans, in particular, have been suffering considerably heavier-than-average slings and arrows of late. The news can become quite discouraging, if allowed to be.

A list of my current Top Ten Catastrophe Headlines (and the way they appear to me) is below:
  1. Bird Flu (It's Coming, We're Going)
  2. Global Warming (Chilling Future)
  3. Hurricanes and Floods (It's Bush's Fault)
  4. Earthquakes in Various Places (Don't Act Surprised, You Read It First In Matt 24)
  5. Mudslides and Famine (See #4)
  6. Harriet Miers (The Liberal Liability)
  7. Harriet Miers (The Conservative Curse)
  8. China Takes Over World (U.S.A., Sit Down and Relax For A Change)
  9. Terrorist Threat (They've Got A Ways To Go Yet)
  10. President Hillary (Don't Be Sillary)
I suppose we could all torment ourselves with any number of potentially disastrous scenarios. But what's the point? Que sera, sera and all that mellow, Zen philosophy stuff.

On the other hand:

"Everything happens to everybody sooner or later if there is time enough."
~ George Bernard Shaw