Sunday, November 29, 2009

Decade from Hell?!? On some level I have to agree. But let's not throw out the baby with the bathwater. A lot of good things happened in the "two-thousand aughts." Give me a few minutes and I'll try to think of some of them . . . hmmmm. Ideas?

Bookended by 9/11 at the start and a financial wipeout at the end, the first 10 years of this century will very likely go down as the most dispiriting and disillusioning decade Americans have lived through in the post–World War II era. We're still weeks away from the end of '09, but it's not too early to pass judgment. Call it the Decade from Hell, or the Reckoning, or the Decade of Broken Dreams, or the Lost Decade. Call it whatever you want — just give thanks that it is nearly over.

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Kells said...

Hi Peter,

That headline made me laugh out loud though.
It's not the decade from hell, it just feels that way. ;-)

Actually, there have been some good things in this decade, the only one that came to mind was Obama, but I know there must be other things.

Susan Rich said...

Hi Peter,

Obama has completely changed my outlook on this decade. A few really wonderful films, too.

Peter said...

Thanks K and S.
On a personal level, the past decade was amazing: I published three collections of poetry, had many lovely trips around the world, wonderful times with friends and family, satisfying and challenging career in medicine. Who could ask for more?
I need to dig a little more to find positives on the world and national level. Though I am sure they are there. xop

jeannine said...

You know, now that you post this, I realize how much more optimistic everyone was in the 90's. Here's hoping the teens will be better for us all.

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