I keep hoping Gerald Celente is a nut, because if he's not . . . we're toast.
So, how do you think we look in marmalade? Will we go well with tea? Reasonable questions in these interesting times, I think, because Gerald Celente -- the doomsaying trends researcher with a much better than average track record -- is no nut.
Colorful and a great self-promoter, but no nut.
IN BRIEF, Celente thinks we're at the beginning of what he calls the Greater Depression, that unrest and uprising will sweep the land, and that the trendy Christmas gift for 2012 won't be an iPod. It will be food.
Welcome to the United States of America, the world's first formerly developed country. According to Gerald Celente. Who is right more often than not in his forecasts.
I think the reason Celente is all over the media (and now is all over the blogs of folks like me) is that our collective gut tells us he's right. That our entire economy, society and coddled, hyperindividualistic existence is absolutely unsustainable.
Not politically, not emotionally, not spiritually, not economically, not environmentally.
WE GOT too greedy, too fast, and we partied like there was no tomorrow. Welcome to tomorrow.
That's what my ample, middle-aged gut is telling me. That's what Celente's data are telling him.
So, how then shall we live?
My guess is radically differently than we do now -- as if we're going to have any choice in the matter. Everything will change.
I think God will change, too. Rather, I think our perception of God -- our relationship to God and the church -- will change. That, or God will become dead to us.
We no longer can afford a lot of things, and a self-satisfied, self-reverential (and referential), middle-class Christianity is one of those luxuries now beyond our grasp. We will be holy, or we will be savages.
The center did not hold. Neither will Marty Haugen. At least the coming Bad Times won't be all bad.