docremeyer said:This community of seemingly intelligent, savvy, and well-read people amaze me with the ability to create problems and worries when absolutely none actually exist. It smacks of a couple of different schools of thought:
1) The "Every silver lining has a dark cloud" philosphy. In other words, "No real problems exist, so I'm going to waste all my time and energy creating one."
2). The "A little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing" school . This belief is so incredibly true as to be painful. It has caused the sales of Prilosec and Preparation-H through the roof. We seem to be a collection of folks with the accumulated basis of a little knowledge of international politics, foreign policy, world finance, and the art of war.
Bad brew it is; especially amongst people with too much time as to become pre-occupied with something we have not one shred of influence or control over.
I respect and generally admire this group for the gentlemanly way you conduct yourselves, but this worrying and hand-wringing is like worrying about the weather or the Second Coming.
For your own sakes, kick back and relax and put your energies into something productive and worthy of your energies. For the past 30+ years I have been compelled to live my life by this well-known prayer, and I submit it to you as a lifesaving and life-giving piece of advice:
"God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference." Be Blessed, Doc