I tap as many news sources (mainstream and alternate) and discussion forums as I can, with a high degree of frequency, and have done so for the past 10 years.
My conscious mind can run down the list of possibilities. And while I can't, in my conscious mind, say exactly what is going on, or what's going to happen, in my unconscious mind - my gut-level reaction/hunch/instinct - is that something *snapped* and broke just a few months ago. Something in our world, broke, and even though not many people have noticed it yet, it's going to become VERY noticeable in short order, over the next 18-24 months. And I don't mean, a little something like if you're driving your car and one headlight goes out. I'm talking about something deep in the drive train... a bearing that's been wearing for years, finally develops enough slop that it can't maintain pressure... you start to hear a little vibration from the engine but you think, aw, that's not so bad, maybe I'll get the old girl in the shop next week.... And then, the bearing slips, and you hear the rod knocking, and realize that's a very bad sound. You don't know exactly when, but you know something very bad is about to happen, and if you don't pull over right then and there, it's a matter of minutes or seconds before metal breaks and that rod comes right through the side of the engine block.
Sure, we've all been watching that odometer on the world, and knowing that engines don't last forever. We've known it's a matter of time, really, before something unimaginable happens. Those of us who are aware, over the last 10-15 years, have heard that vibration start, and it's been getting a little louder every year for that decade plus. Now, this year, that bearing finally shifted and the rod knock has begun. Many of us are convinced we know what's up next, even if it is just in general terms. This baby is about to blow. Something big. Like the kind of SHTF that's haunted our daydreams and nightmares for over a decade. We've tried to steer away from it at every turn, but our next intersection is a Y with one side labeled "Damned if you do!" and the other labled "Damned if you don't!". I could run down the list of troubling developments this past 18 months but I would be at the keyboard for hours... HOURS! That's. Not. Normal. And what's in the pipeline is so far from normal it's not even on the same MAP with normal.
Get it together folks. I'm not saying that we're out of time where you can live as you do now.... but it seems we are in the dwindling space of time where it is still POSSIBLE to get READY for that time where life as we know it now, is just a memory.
I hope I'm wrong, high, delusional, mistaken, crazy, exaggerating, or over-excitable. I can tell you this... when I talk to people, and tell them what I think, I don't get looks of "you're crazy". I get looks of "I know you're right, but I don't want to think about it". And those looks, are what bothers me the most, because they're thinking it too, nearly everyone is on some level. They just don't want to think about it or talk about it. Hey, it's a beautiful sunny day here in Pompeii, so what if that old mountain is smoking? There's lots of good times to be had here and now... why worry about something like that? And, to a certain extent, I get it. I mean, we are all going to die, and for many of us, there's precious little we can do to change things. Why worry over things you can't change? Hey, I'm going to die too, and I hope to have some days in the sun with my loved ones before that happens and try to enrich their lives. So I'm going to do that. I've invested a lot of time, effort and money over the past 15 years to be more ready for something unexpected but I suspect that what's in the pipeline now is big enough to dwarf my efforts to insignificance. If that's true, I will be glad for every day I spent building happy memories with friends and family, trying to put a smile on their face and taking delight in their happiness. Oh, I'll still try to play this game for as long as I can, but I'm not kidding myself that there's any real "winning" it to be had. Let's see what the next couple of years have to teach us. Maybe it will be, that there's more time than we thought left and if so, that will be a happy occasion and I'll be glad to have a few more months to enjoy the people and the life that mean something to me. I'd suggest, we all try to do the same.