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In My Opinion
And the Sun Will Come Up Tomorrow...
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 • Posted October 10, 2012

I always love people that approach every situation as if it is the end of the world. The problem with that approach is that it is usually out of proportion to the topic at hand. Warning of the end of the world when the situation is more closely linked to the end of the day seems a bit,,,,, much.

Kids do it all the time. There are loud and emotional arguments with parents where the kids claim that, if they aren't allowed to attend an event or stay at a friend's home overnight, their lives might as well be over. After a day or two of ruffled feathers and hurt feelings, life goes on.

Teenagers are notorious for using the "end of the world" argument. Often, that is also a situation that usually involves parents, as the teenager swears to their parent that, if they can't see the person that has become the love of their life, they will most likely die. It's known as the "Romeo and Juliet" argument at this stage of life.

Just as with younger children, these arguments usually resolve themselves after a few days or weeks. At this stage of life, the resolution takes a bit more back and forth between the parties, and parents can't always use an absolute position in their argument.

Maturity and the growing wealth of experiences we accumulate make the end of the world scenarios even more complicated later in our lives. That doesn't mean we abandon the approach.

In our 30s, 40s and 50s, it usually occurs in situations related to our jobs, our churches or our government. We convince ourselves that, if we lose the job that we have, if our church loses its pastor, or if there is a change in government leaders, life as we know it will cease to exist. Adults can be just as emotional and just as shrill as children. Oddly enough, some adults can be even worse than kids when it comes to such displays, as they pull the full force of their life experiences into the fray.

Politics brings out Armageddon faster than jobs or churches, ironically. Political ads and signs warn that, if the opponent is elected, the direction of the country will veer off a cliff and life as we know it will cease to exist. The other side claims that if things are allowed to continue with the incumbent, it is the end of civilization as we know it. The things we know, depending upon where you stand, seem horribly fragile.

In fact, life is a lot more resilient than we seem to give it credit.

As we discovered in our toddler years and on into our teens, life will go on. It may not look the way we wanted, and it may not give us all that we think we should have; but, the sun will still rise. Not being a subscriber to the Mayan interpreters that predict the end of the world this December, I find no reason to not expect the world to still be there when I wake up tomorrow. I also expect it to still be there on November 7, no matter who wins.

I have lived through ten presidents in my life. I have lived through a great many more governors, mayors, congressmen, judges and other elected officials. The beauty of our system of government is that it is designed to make sure no one can wrest control away from the other two branches. They can wrangle and tangle with one another, they can issue injunctions, craft law, create orders. They can do many things; but, they can't erase one another.

Of course, the reason they can't do these things is because we the people have the ability to participate in the system. We have our votes; but, we also have our voices and our support. If we say one election can end everything, then we've abdicated our responsibility and our rights and we've said that we don't make a difference.

I like to think we still make a huge difference.

It’s all just my opinion.

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