There’s a picture of myself standing next to four AK-47s. In addition to several thousand rounds of ammunition, I had silver bullion and other survival supplies. I was prepared for the end of Western Civilization.
What a dope.
I sold my silver bullion to some morons at $40 an ounce and am planning on a way to return to storage to sell my assault rifles off at a 400% profit. (If you’re curios, a MAK-90 went for $250 when I was kid. Now they are going for upwards of $1,300.)
Then again I was a teenager who had no perspective on life. When you’ve only lived a relatively few number of days, a catastrophe seems imminent.
When JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon was asked by his daughter, “What’s an economic crisis,” he told her, “It’s something that happens every 5-10 years.” As a 50-year old man, he had perspective.
Yet my mid-20s self freaked out. I was convinced the world was going to end. Hundreds of blogs and newspaper reporters fed my fear.
What an idiot.
The West keeps on moving on. Companies went public, minting thousands of brand new millionaires. If you had dollar cost averaged yourself into the market during the “second Great Depression,” you’d have made a handsome profit.
Unless an asteroid or something hits, doomsday isn’t coming. America will keep moving forward. Time and money wait on no man.
We are driven by narcissism to believe we live in unique times. Yet each decade had some catastrophe.
During the 50’s the Cold War Began. People built bomb shelters, preparing for a nuclear bomb to destroy the world.
The 1960s had a Civil Rights crisis. People expected a race war.
The 1970s saw tens of thousands of young men sent to Vietnam to be slaughtered. In 1973 America had a major fuel shortage.
The 1980s gave us stagflation and double-digit mortgage rates along with record level downsizing.
Yet in 2013 people are living in fear again. Have we learned nothing from prior decades?
The world hasn’t ended and it’s not going to end.
We are not special enough to be The Generation to See the World End. A belief that the world is going to end right quick like is based on a childish lack of perspective or as an admission of defeat.
Like a man who kills a woman, saying, “If I can’t have her, no one will,” far to many men say, “If I can’t success, no one can!”
People are indeed succeeding. Right now some teenager is building the next big company. Some middle-aged man is rebuilding himself after a costly and devastating divorce. Cancer patients are returning to good health, ready to start over.
Avoid any site that emphasized doomsday scenarios. Doomsday bloggers are men who simply can’t admit they have failed, and because they live in denial of their failures, they will always be losers.
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