random thoughts, odds and ends of life, and other reasons my friends think i'm a little weird.....
Monday, December 10, 2012
Clearly there is a fascination with doomsday scenarios, be it the coming of the Rapture, Y2K, nuclear holocaust, alien invasions or any of a number of disasters. Our culture is full of examples of impending disaster. You see it in movies, books, and TV shows. We're all doomed!
This year is no exception. We heard a little bit of this doomsday talk after the presidential election: the Middle East will explode, the economy will self-destruct, unemployment will rival rates in Greece, they'll come and take your guns, or other fears. But, obviously the big two this year are the end of the Mayan Calendar and the Fiscal Cliff.
The end of the Mayan Calendar is interpreted by some as a doomsday. Maybe aliens will come. Or a planetary collision. Or a sudden change of the earth's magnetic field. In any case, it'll be bad. People are buying shelter and arms. So, if you believe this, panic now! There's only 10 shopping days until the End of the World.
If the End of the World does come, then the second doomsday, the feared Fiscal Cliff, won't matter. But at least the fate of this doomsday is in human hands, and not some unspecified or vague cause. Of course, the human hands are of US politicians in the post-compromise age, where moving to the middle is seen as heretical, and a reason to raise a candidate to oppose you in the next election. But the rest of us can only sit back and watch each side play chicken. All I can say is didn't their mothers tell them "Just because your political opponent threatens to go over the fiscal cliff doesn't mean you should!" (And, only 23 shopping days before we go over the Fiscal Cliff.)
What do I think? Well, my in-laws are Peruvian (part Incan) and the Incan Calendar does not end this year. So, clearly, nothing will happen to our family. And, I have a hunch they'll have an 11th hour deal to avert falling off the cliff, just like the hero in the movies always avoids falling off the cliff.
So, what if I'm not right about this? It's possible, but, for the record, I was right about Y2K. But, if I am wrong, then it's like Wiley Cayote is saying (quoting the immortal Porky Pig): "That's all folks!"
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Rachel J. Burckardt, Composer & Instrumentalist. Rachel J. Burckardt, a New York City native, is a composer and instrumentalist now living in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Rachel is a liturgical musician and composer at St. Cecilia Parish in Boston, Massachusetts. In this role, she serves as an assisting accompanist (piano, guitar, bass, organ), composer, and assisting director for the 6 pm choir. Her sacred and liturgical compositions span various musical styles from chant to gospel and include settings of psalms, liturgical acclamations, and sacred songs.
I am an urban creature who also loves nature and the country. I work as a civil engineer on a variety of infrastructure projects, from roads to new transit lines to utility systems.
Politically, I call my philosophy as a new libertarian socialism, as I am not bound to the old ideas of libertarian socialism. Rather, I believe in a pragmatic blend of personal freedom with a care for the welfare of all, routed in my Christian faith. I believe in tolerance of all ideas, and enjoy knowing people whose ideas are different than mine.
I've always been an individualist, as I always had a hard time "fitting in" and in many ways, I'm simply quite different. But I believe that each person's God-given beauty lies in their uniqueness. I believe we should come to know our uniqueness and come to accept ourselves. Through this acceptance, we can accept others, especially those who are different and those who many not think well of us.