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H1N1 (Swine Flu): It’s The End Of The World As We Know It And Other Tales…Happy New Year!

January 1, 2010

The New Year - a time for reflection of all of things disaster and not!

You are probably familiar with that REM song with the catchy title and refrain…

It’s the end of the world as we know it.
It’s the end of the world as we know it.
It’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine.

The decade that we are just leaving starting with that refrain…it was known as Y2K… The inability of computers to read dates beyond 1999 threatened to turn Jan. 1, 2000 into a nightmare. The issue had first been noticed by programmers in the 1950s, but had been largely ignored. As the turn of the century loomed, though, it seemed that humankind faced a litany of horrors.

However, exactly 10 years ago today, as the date change moved on through the Far East, India, Russia, the Middle East and Europe, it became apparent that life was going on as it had before – whether you were in a country that had revamped many of its computer systems, or that had for the most part, ignored the issue.

We have since lived through a list of horrors that at the time, might have felt a bit like the end of the world as we know it.  Here is just a short list of some of those events:

    • Terrorist Attacks In US – September 11, 2001
    • SARS March – June 2003
    • East Coast Power Outage August 2003
    • Iran Earthquake December 2003
    • European Heat Wave Killing Thousands – August 2003
    • Madrid Train Bombing March 2004
    • Ach Earthquake 9.0 And Tsunami December 2004
    • London Bombings July 7, 2005
    • Katrina August 2005
    • Pakistan Earthquake October 2005
    • Mumbai Attacks November 2008
    • H1N1 Pandemic 2009

      Religions from Zoroastrianism to Judaism to Christianity to U.F.O. cults have been built around notions of sin and the world’s end.

      Apocalyptic scenarios can be a diversion from real problems — poverty, terrorism, broken financial and health care systems — all needing intelligent attention. As a species we seem to like to wallow in the idea that one day everything might change in, as St. Paul put it, the “twinkling of an eye” — that a calamity might prove to be the longed-for transformation. But turning practical problems into cosmic cataclysms takes us further away from actual solutions.

      It’s the end of the world as we know it.
      It’s the end of the world as we know it.
      It’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine.

      So keeping it all in perspective I wish you a happy, healthy and hopefully sane new year!

      2 Comments leave one →
      1. roz potter RN, MA, CIC permalink
        January 1, 2010 22:26

        Excellent site: comprehensive coverage, intelligent analysis, lively writing, and delicious graphics. Sorry I didn’t visit sooner. Kudos!

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