Interesting Times

“May You Live in Interesting Times!”

I do not know if we have been blessed or cursed, but it is obvious we live in interesting times. A friend says she first came across the saying in a Chinese fortune cookie and assumed it was a blessing. When I looked it up, I discovered it is believed to be a curse. Some attribute the saying to Star Trek’s Mr. Spock, and it does have that Vulcan’s ring.

Truthfully, I do not care from whence the saying comes, although knowing would have allowed me to attribute it properly. Knowing its true meaning, too, would have helped me decide if we have been blessed or cursed.

Every night on the news we hear about our struggling economy; talking heads debate over the safety of nuclear fuel; some call for new energy technology and during the Republican convention some not so shining stars intoned the mantra, “Drill, baby, drill.” Then for our twisted sense of entertainment, political clowns call for the president to fail so they can point fingers and feel smugly superior.

Yet in the midst of this chaotic rush of words and events, I sense a little fear, a whole lot of anxiety and an expectant hush behind the words that make up the headlines. Perhaps it is because we are witnessing the end of an era, the turning of a page. Interesting times may also bring hardships, yet I believe that the fears and anxiety we feel are the birth pains of the future. Take a deep breath; hang tight!


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