I can’t get over JUST how catastrophic everything has become over the past year — I’m not even talking solely about natural disasters or premature celebrity deaths. I am talking about EVERYTHING going on. My mother had a calendar in my house growing up that listed 2010 the year that the world came to an end. While I don’t necessarily think it will end COMPLETELY, I am seeing major… major…. downfalls to say the least. Let’s recap shall we?
1) TRUST IN AUTO MANUFACTURERS –GM this morning recalled over 1 million cars…. General MOTORS ladies and gentleman. This isn’t Toyota were talking about now. That’s another 15+ million cars being recalled as we speak. We trust auto manufacturers to put our safety first right? We trust them with our lives as well as those we love and care about. It is extremely unnerving to hear quotes daily in the Wall Street Journal that car companies clearly put profit over safety — should we all start rebelling and using bicycles to get to designated locations? Not realistic but I’d prefer to do that at this point over giving any of these car companies hundreds of thousands of dollars in profit.
2) NATURAL DISASTERS– Haiti then Chile — what next? Haiti will never recover fully from the damages caused to their country, nor will Chile apparently. Natural disasters of these size are catastrophic, devastating, and life changing for FIRST WORLD countries — the devastation caused to THIRD world countries is unfathomable.
3) SCANDALS INVOLVING NATIONAL ICONS (POLITICAL AND SPORTS) — There once was a day when our sports figures and our political icons stood for something — Obama in my opinion still embodies all that a husband and father should be and for that, I admire him. Other iconic figures such as John Edwards and Tiger Woods have proven to us that we really can’t put people on pedestals anymore… In addition, various celebrity sports figures such as Marion Jones and Andre Aggassi came out with scandals of their own which made all of America look at them differently afterwards.
4) SEVERE RECESSION– I mean… do I need to even reiterate just how bad the job market is now? It used to be — that when you spend 50k at an esteemed college/university there was a LARGE unspoken understanding you’d be able to find at LEAST an entry level position with a company and work your way up. Interns were strictly those in college looking to gain a little experience and get their hands dirty — most were paid internships. NOW? If you graduate from an esteemed college after having thrown yourself in severe debt, you would be LUCKY to land an unpaid/ or stipend internship a few days a week. Most of the internships are now taken over by those 30 or older who were fired from their previous job and trying to ease their way in any which way back into the work force.