Final Word from Thursday, December 31, 2009

For most people, a revolutionary New Year's resolution would be to reevaluate everything they've been taught and to strive to understand what's happening in the world. Euro-American civilization as we know it is rapidly coming to an end, and the only way to avert this outcome is to accept that our way of life is worth saving. Perhaps it isn't. Perhaps those who are actively seeking to destroy it from within are indeed doing "God's work." But the end of a way of life that has existed for hundreds of years should be a decision of more than just a few top-level people. If you are one of the many influential people in the second tier who have been helping to guide this train wreck, because of unenlightenment, greed or weakness of character, next year might be the time to make a decision. Either to oppose what is happening, to step off the train like a character from "Atlas Shrugged," or to draw up a strategy for how to become a fellow traveler in the next civilization. Most other people have only the option of accepting the inevitable.[Czech Republic Goldman Sachs 2010]

Glossary of difficult words

resolution - a firm decision to do or not to do something;

to avert - to prevent or ward off;

from within- from the inside (used to make clear that we are not talking about Islamic fundamentalists);

God's work - a famous line by the head of Goldman Sachs, Lloyd Blankfein, who said he is just a banker "doing God's work";

unenlightenment - lack of understanding or awareness;

Atlas Shrugged - a novel by Ayn Rand in which influential individuals voluntarily withdraw from a society they can no longer accept;

fellow traveler - a person who is not a member of a particular group but who sympathizes with the group's aims and policies;

the inevitable - that which will happen; a situation that is unavoidable.

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