Saturday, September 26, 2009

Prepared to be wrong ~ By Patrice Lewis

From WorldNetDaily
Patrice Lewis By Patrice Lewis Posted: September 26, 2009 ~ 1:00 am Eastern © 2009 In Greek mythology, Cassandra was the daughter of King Priam and Queen Hecuba. Apollo thought her beautiful, so he granted her the gift of prophecy. But Cassandra annoyed the god by not returning his love, so Apollo put a curse on Cassandra that no one would believe her predictions. Cassandra could see dire events in the future, but no one believed her warnings. A curse indeed. Lately I've sympathized a lot with Cassandra. Back in 1999, we took Y2K seriously. With an infant and a toddler depending on us, we didn't want to take any chances. When Y2K fizzed, we received a modest amount of heckling from smug acquaintances who had snickered at our extensive preparations. "Don't you feel dumb?" was the general sentiment. "Of course not," we replied. "We were prepared to be wrong. Were you?" What we meant by this was, if Y2K turned out to be nothing, then we had a whole bunch of useful stuff as well as a lot of knowledge that would remain long after the stuff was gone. Shrug. But our skeptical friends were not prepared to be wrong. If Y2K had turned out to be a serious disruption in our society, they would be left with no power, no water, no food and (most importantly) no knowledge. They would be helpless and vulnerable. Fast forward 10 years. Recently a neighbor reported hearing a serious, unfunny interview with actor/economist Ben Stein who predicted that all hell might break loose within about six months. I didn't hear Stein's interview so I can't attest to its accuracy, but somehow it doesn't surprise me. Frankly it rings a lot truer than Ben Bernanke's soothing assurances that the recession is over. [CLICK HERE TO READ MORE]
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