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  • When I was in my teens and throughout my twenties I can remember my grandfather going on and on about the "state of the Country." Some of his worries made sense to me. Others were, what seemed to me to be, rather silly. He was for a time a "Milk Man". He delivered milk door to door with a horse drawn wagon. He observed that more and more milk was being transported greater distances before being sold. It just did not make sense to him. He said, "Pretty soon we will be hauling it coast to coast!" He blamed the government for this. We do now haul it coast to coast. Some of it is not even wet milk, but dry milk and other forms of milk. The sky did not fall. OK, he really was going off the deep end on this. But now when I wonder, "What have we come to?", I think back about the silly milk and also about some of his other worries which were not silly at all. And I notice that the sky has not yet fallen.

    I observe that I've been wondering more and more, "What have we come to?" I certainly cannot say it's a good place. But I have to admit that this question has entered more and more into my mind as I have aged. I have to wonder just how much of it is where the country is and how much of it is where I am. The best I can do is to say it is most likely some of both for me. Just how much of each is hard to say. I have a lot of doubt about that.

    Now, I think back on my grandfather's "ranting", especially about milk. Maybe he was projecting farther into the future than anyone realized. Maybe my concerns about "Out-sourcing" and "Globalization" are just my grandfather's "milk" concerns placed in a more modern context. Maybe he was also using history too and listening to the words of some of our "founding fathers" about "avoid foreign entanglements". Maybe I should examine more of what I can recall about his ranting. He's gone now. I cannot ask him.
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