As I’ve been laid up for the last few days with a sore foot that is only now starting to clear up, I have been allowed the opportunity to reflect back on all the changes that have happened over the last several years in my lines of thinking.
I turned 35 years old this summer. Even after being a college graduate, working for several years, and being on my own for a dozen years, I’m still not as smart as I thought I was at age 18. But, I enjoy being an adult. I also have enough years of experience that I’ve survived several supposed “end of the world and collapse” type scenarios that I chuckle every time I see such drivel. After seeing the ’88 Reasons for the Return of Jesus in 1988′, the Branch Davidians, the Hale Bop Comet cult, Y2k, 9/11, the tech bubble, the stock market bust of 2008 and subsequent Great Recession, the Mayan apocalypse of 2012, listening to my grandparents’ stories of the Great Depression, Dust Bowl, and World War II, and seeing ‘evidence’ that every U.S. president since at least JFK was supposed to be the Anti-Christ, I’ve developed the attitude of “Meh, let it come.”
I suppose this is an advanced line of thinking, especially since I am prone to unhealthy paranoia. But the older and wiser I get, the less time I have for doom and gloom nonsense. I spent a couple years researching some of that doom nonsense myself and even thought some of it possible. But then, I used to think that Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, magical elves, pixie dust, and Disney fairy tales were possible too. When I was a child I thought and acted as a child. Now that I am a man I put foolish and childish things aside. Wise words, St. Paul.
As I’ve experienced changes over the course of my 35 years I’ve come to the conclusion that change is the only constant. I’ve come to embrace it and actually hope for even more. I’ve also accepted that there are always going to be hustlers and well meaning fools that are convinced that the ends of civilization and humanity are just around the next corner. If I live long enough I’m probably going to see blogs and youtube videos, or the successors to blogs and youtube, about how the manned missions to Mars are hoaxes, how greedy elites are hoarding the proceeds from asteroid mining for their evil purposes, how we’re all going to die from nanotech and anti-matter experiments gone bad, etc. I’ve seen enough of this before. Nothing new. Since our ancestors survived several ice ages and bubonic plagues I know at least some people will be able to whatever comes our way in the future. One could make a fortune not betting against humanity.