That is a fascinating article, Mike. I love to learn of new things and concepts, but that doesn’t mean that I’m all for personally getting caught up in them. I understand that the base mind/ego hates change, so naturally that’s going to pull society apart as only the smarter than average bears will have the capacity to keep up with our ever accelerating rate of technical change.

Now as I say I love change in theory but have no interest in personally trying to keep up. For instance, I have no smart phone and block texting. I will go technically no farther than the live phone, internet and email. Thus, unlike many, free time is not a problem for me. Now of course if I were 19 instead of 79 I relalize I could not get away with this limited existence. But I see this as something of a senior perk. I do not need at this stage of life to know what all my friends are doing tonight.

I see myself as having lived and worked in the right place at the right time — the golden age of America, when the country was at the top of its game. Now it and the rest of the world are being engulfed in the excesses caused by that golden age — climate change and complexity overload — just waiting for an invisible army of nuclear tipped missiles to bring down the curtain on mankind’s great adventure.

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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