A Word with You - June 25, 2012


Five Minutes Til Midnight

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Two stories in one day's news stuck out to me. The first troubling story said that Twinkies could be going bankrupt. Now, how can that be? You talk about too big to fail! But, alas, the company that makes Twinkies was talking about filing for Chapter 11. Maybe if I eat enough of them in the next couple of weeks, I can make a difference.

But, then, there's the other story that is legitimately sobering; sort of a mirror of the times we're living in. They just reset the Doomsday Clock to five minutes before midnight. See, since 1947, that symbol of how close humans may be to imminent destruction has been set by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists. Now, in 1947, it was set at seven minutes to midnight. Its "happy hour," I guess you could say, was 1991, when the Cold War thaw caused the Bulletin to set the clock at 17 minutes to midnight.

But recently, the dark shadows in our world have pushed the clock to five minutes before midnight. I know where I'm going when it's midnight. I'm going Home. I hope you are too.

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Originally published June 25, 2012.