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  • I feel perfectly fine. That’s probably because I have nothing to lose.

    I am just as materialistic as anybody else. I would like to have a nice house, car, fine clothes, and all the other accoutrements that come with a middle-class lifestyle. But the fickle finger of fate has not been good to me. The last 20 years have been rough. I try to make sense of it all. I say, why me? There must be a hidden purpose...

    There was a time when I yearned for the American Dream. My wife and I worked hard to achieve success. But the bottom fell out of our plans. Eventually, we drifted off in separate directions. Slowly, nearly everything that I valued was lost. For awhile I was homeless.

    During that time of great personal turmoil, I learned a lot. I learned to be aware.

    Yesterday an online headline caught my eye, “Obama pays your bills scam claims more victims.” Tens of thousands of Americans have been been duped into giving away their personal information to get their utility bills paid for by the federal government for one month. Obama pays bills scam.

    At first thought, you might ask, “How can people be so gullible?”

    When the financial system was in free fall in 2008, the government gave 700 billion dollars to 9 banks to avoid a depression. Getting a one-month reprieve on a utility bill is not so far fetched.

    I scanned the financial pages of news websites and found troubling news about the Barclay’s/LIBOR scandal and the ongoing investigation of banks rigging the system to appear more profitable. Then, I read about the possible collapse of the Euro Zone, the economic slowdown in China, the lackluster jobs report in the US, and the general malaise of the global markets. Libor scandal.

    A recent poll suggests that as many 25% of analysts and traders in the financial sector believe that cheating is okay. If the culture of necessary wrongdoing is widespread then the basic issue of TRUST is lost. We operate at out own peril. Wrongdoing is necessary.

    Things are not looking good. Perhaps the Mayans were correct. The end of the world - as we know it - is coming in December.

    So we have very real changes in climate, Earth killing asteroids zipping past us, ever-widening wars and conflicts, mysterious diseases killing children in Asia, and a wobbly global financial system that might crash next year. Very scary times.

    Strangely, I am not anxious. While the whole world might be drowning, I am confident that I will persevere. Keep the faith. There will be much wailing and gnashing of teeth.
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