Dear Irene,

I have no idea what your profession is or was, but your insight and writing is superb — a majestic flow of words.

I do not consider myself a knee jerk negative but one might not tell it by my writings, although as I see myself in your keen desire to be more of an observer of life than a participant, I think you can also see that in the points I present.

Perhaps you have come across my pet theory of probability balance. In case you haven’t it goes like this: There is a universal law that says that creation at some point in time is always offset by destruction — stars are born and stars die. Thus we humans being a product of the universe can not escape this law of probability balance. We, too, are born and die and our lives are filled with positives offset by negatives — peace is offset by war, love by hate and joy by sorrow.

And now after a few decades of enormous technological advancement the seed of our final offset sits in submarines beneath the sea and thousands of underground silos around the globe, patiently waiting to be set loose by some accident of political miscalculation or technical glitch.

Alas, the rise of Trump seems to be setting the stage for humankind's grand extinction — our final offset.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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