I believe the situation described in my last post is the reason the stock market is down, like, 500 Dow points in the past 4 sessions. Not consciously: The market kind of senses--and it's pretty good at it. And it's famous for anticipating actual developments by around 6 months--which also ties in closely enough with the timetable outlined in the posted article.
Speaking of quoting wiser souls than me: I'm too busy compiling quotations for a forthcoming compilation of quotations to blog with any socially acceptable degree of regularity, but what I can do for you, if you're interested, is to post a favorite, edifying quote a day. For example:
Martin Amis just after 9/11--perhaps blaming America a bit too much, and a bit too soon after the event, but making important points: "It will also be horribly difficult and painful for Americans to absorb the fact that they are hated, and hated intelligibly. How many of them know, for example, that their government has destroyed at least 5% of the Iraqi population? How many of them then transfer that figure to America (and come up with 14m)? Various national characteristics — self-reliance, a fiercer patriotism than any in western Europe, an assiduous geographical incuriosity — have created a deficit of empathy for the sufferings of people far away. Most crucially, and again most painfully, being right and being good support the American self to an almost tautologous degree: Americans are good and right by virtue of being American. Saul Bellow's word for this habit is 'angelisation'. On the US-led side, then, we need not only a revolution in consciousness but an adaptation of national character: the work, perhaps, of a generation. … Our best destiny, as planetary cohabitants, is the development of what has been called 'species consciousness' — something over and above nationalisms, blocs, religions, ethnicities. During this week of incredulous misery, I have been trying to apply such a consciousness, and such a sensibility. Thinking of the victims, the perpetrators, and the near future, I felt species grief, then species shame, then species fear." [The Guardian, 18 September 2001]