Laura, Tim and i were watching the Euro games on Sunday. UEFA has a new tie-breaking system which is baffling and there were several different opinions on who would advance if either x, y or z happened. I turned to Laura and said "Is it any wonder the Euro Zone is a wreck when they can't even come up with a clear tie-breaker for the European Cup."
"No." She said. "It's not a surprise at all. It's just sad."
What has Europe giving to the world?
- Colonialism has destroyed the world. See the Caribbean, Africa, South America, Asia, etc.
- Two World Wars. A botched Treaty of Versailles that ensured another world war. The rise of dictators and radical governments (Mussolini, Hitler.) These two conflicts are seen by some historians as one 31-year war, often refered to as the European self-mutilation. Certainly these 2 conflicts define the 20th century. I often consider myself fortunate that we all won't be around to see the 22nd century. Excepting, of course, the party that will be 2112!
- And now the Euro currency debacle.
Kim Stanley Robinson wrote a book called The Year's of Rice and Salt, where the black plague has killed 99% of Europe and it is the East that influences the world. Sometimes it doesn't sound like a bad idea. But i suppose that pretty much the same thing would have happened. The Japanese rape of Nanking and suppression of Manchuria and Korea were horrifying and despicable.
But 7 weeks from manana, i retreat back to the New World. And not soon enough.
Ugh! Too serious. Most stop my brain from thinking. Hello Bender Tuesday!