“The world has completely gone crazy!”, I hear people saying this almost daily. We have never experienced crazy times like we are experiencing today they say. What is going on? Have we lost our collective minds here on planet earth?
I’m not sure mystery writers like Agatha Christie could have come up with this plot of what’s going on in our world today. Christie had an incredible talent for writing suspense-filled mysteries with complex, intricate plots full of unexpected twists and turns. But it seems our real life, and our history, are even crazier than her excellent mysteries.
Most people think the world is more crazy than ever before.
But is it really more crazy than in the past? Are things really that different? Or are we just experiencing history as it repeats itself with only slightly different details?
There was a man named Henry that was born in the year 1900. When Henry turned 14 years old, a world war broke out. WWI was so devastating for the times that it’s still called, The Great War. Twenty million people died in that war and twenty-one million more were wounded.
That’s more than forty million casualties!
Just as World War I ends, the entire planet is rocked by a pandemic called, The Spanish Flu that started in 1918. Fifty million people died in that flu pandemic that lasted only two years. The virus affected people physically, mentally and had a large impact on the world economy at that time.
As the world was getting back to some normalcy in 1929, the US stock market crashed and caused, The Great Depression which lasted ten years. The Great Depression affected every country on earth.
Henry was not yet 25 years old at the start of, The Great Depression. After ten long years the Depression finally ended. But before the world could catch a breath, World War II started. Imagine how the world felt when we learned that Hitler was killing millions of Jewish people and trying, and almost succeeding, in taking over the entire planet.
Henry was 41 years old when the US dropped devastating and horrific atomic bombs on Japan and 45 years old when WWII ended.
Henry lived through two world wars, a worldwide pandemic, a stock market crash and subsequent worldwide economic depression.
Henry lived through some crazy times!
“History repeats itself, but in such cunning disguise that we never detect the resemblance until the damage is done.”
~ Sydney J. Harris