Friday, April 1, 2011
A Nation of Cowards
“You block your dream when you allow your fear to grow bigger than your faith.”
Mary Manin Morrissey
There was a time when most people in the United States looked to the future with hope willing to face its challenges with confidence in both themselves and each other. Where those brave people and the strength they once possessed that carried them through scores of disasters and crisis have gone is anyone's guess. Of course, exceptions to the tepid and shallow souls that abound now exist in many forms but all signs suggest they are isolated examples surrounded by the majority that either avoids the future by submerging themselves in idle and idiotic diversions or who eagerly await and prepare for some nebulous Doomsday.
Its one thing to plan and prepare for all sorts of bad times but to blatantly surrender while countless others suffer from war, disease, and famine is a form of cowardice that exceeds all others but it seems we have devolved to that point. Not surprisingly it is the rich that are leading the way in this unexplored avenue of decadence but such panic and fear is willingly purchased by less financially endowed Americans that started record buying of weapons the minute President Obama was elected.
This climate of fear is enhanced by shrill little men who ride the television and radio airways broadcasting every psychotic scenario of doom one minute then speak about "honor" and "love" right before they exclaims the benefits of buying gold and emergency food rations.
The biggest thing sacrificed in this insanity is not just the brighter future we want for our children, that was abandoned and left to rot decades ago, but our unity and belief in each other that we once held up to the world and dared them to approach. America is as good and balkanized as they long defunct Yugoslavia, the only thing holding the house of cards together is simple inertia. The minute the credit cards stop working and the shelves in Walmart go empty for whatever reason the pleasant and civilized suburbanites will be at each others throats. But hey, if you can scrape up the money you too can leave out the Apocalypse in high style.
Going underground? Sales of spaces in U.S. doomsday bunker soar 1000% after Japan quake reawakens nuclear fallout fears
Reservations for a doomsday bunker in the U.S. have rocketed since Japan's catastrophic earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown.
The 137,000sq ft bunker - designed to house 950 people for a year and withstand a 50 megaton blast - is currently being built under the grasslands of Nebraska.
Vivos, the California-based company behind it, is taking $5,000 (£3,100) deposits, which will have to be topped up to $25,000 (£15,600) to secure a place.
It says applications have soared 1000 per cent in the wake of the disasters in Japan. And the bunkers will be kitted out with all the modern conveniences the American consumer has come to expect.
Once finished the complex will feature four levels of residential suites, a dental and medical center, kitchens, pet kennels, a bakery, a prayer room, a fully stocked wine cellar and even a prison to detain any misbehaving residents.
There will also be a 350ft tall lookout tower so residents can see what is going on around them - and if it's safe to emerge.
'People are afraid of the earth-changing events and ripple effects of the earthquake, which led to tsunamis, the nuclear meltdown, and which will lead to radiation and health concerns,' said Vivos CEO Robert Vicino.
Mr Vicino added: 'Where it ends, I don't know. Does it lead to economic collapse? A true economic collapse would lead to anarchy, which could lead to 90 per cent of the population being killed off.'
The company claims its bunkers are designed to withstand a range of catastrophic events, from nuclear terrorism to the gravitational havoc a rogue planet sweeping across the solar system could cause.
Interest in doomsday bunkers has grown over recent years, but critics say developers are simply trying to cash in on public panic. Oleg Repchenko, the head of Russian analytical centre 'Indicators of Real Estate Market', told The Voice of Russia: 'These fears emerged in the US a long time ago back in the Cold War era.
'September 11, 2001 has seriously affected the psychology of common Americans and part of the population is afraid of disasters and terrorist attacks.
'Panicking is quite typical for Americans even when a disaster happens not on their territory but across the ocean in Japan. Once something terrifying happens it makes people think more about their future.'
Good night and good luck, seems like we all need it.