Philosophically speaking, this is the society in which we live!
The waters may be deep and troubled, but our own simple bridge, thankfully, remains intact - for now!
It would be a lie to say I'm not a little jealous of the mini-heatwave experienced by our English counterparts, but that is only because it was plastered all over the news on TV, radio and Internet practically every day, otherwise, I wouldn't have known. (I do wish the BBC would realise that the UK consists of several different countries and that it isn't all a poorly built extension of London and the south of England.)
There is an easy solution - switch off the TV/Radio/Internet and, for added entertainment, imagine what would happen if they continually broadcast our weather to the much softer southerners every day. That highly amuses me but I've come to depend on the Internet for my communications with the outside world, so cutting that off isn't something I could happily live without - can you even begin to imagine that?
But all this continual wet weather is making me think, again, about Noah's Ark and how that old fellow went about preparing for what he believed was about to happen. Yes, it may well be a Bible story, it may well be read and understood in its literal sense or it may well be nothing more than a symbolic representation of a general set of circumstances, the understanding of which we are all free to interpret in whichever way we see fit. But, even as a fable, the moral of that story surely has to be that we pay heed to warnings, try our best and be prepared to take whichever actions are required to steer us from ruin.
The current economic climate is slowly grinding many of us down. We all need to make the choice to either sink or swim. With every day that passes, some new 'con' emerges to try and manipulate us into spending our money in ways that we don't really need, so we should be prepared to fight back.
For some, these peaks and troughs symbolise the potential for financial ruin, so we try to prepare ourselves and share whatever little knowledge we have with others, in the hope that they, too, can ride out the impending storm.
But what of those who ignore all the warnings? Will they simply be swept away in a tide of debt, whilst others battle to stay afloat in a rickety old boat filled with home produce, foraged fruit and whatever milk, meat and eggs are available from what's breeding on that boat? Will we be cast adrift on a sea of other people's debt, drifting uncontrollably until the tide turns and we can find a safe haven for our money and our possessions? Should we even worry about it? We could, afterall, sit back and let others bale us out of our sinking ships. (Many do!) The trouble with this, however, is that the Governments and big financial institutions themselves look to be aboard sinking ships and we are baling them out!
The good ship Frugaldom has sailed, we are too late to turn back in the hope of finding a sunny, warm new land of full employment and financial stability for all. This world is not an equal world, it is dominated by a minority whose only claim to fame is their ability to earn millions or else shout loudly enough to be heard over the waves, declaring to all exactly how those millions should be spent. Worse still, if we don't like it, there is absolutely nothing we can do about it. The simple fact is, money talks and we of the frugal brigade have almost no voice.