Did I get your attention?
No, I don't mean apocalypses of the Hal Lindsey variety, which involve armies fighting it out on the plains of Megiddo (don't know who the latest combatants are supposed to be), haven't been paying attention. And, I don't mean the kind of apocalyptic mumbo jumbo being spewed out by Glen Beck (who is now at Fox) or Sean Hannity.
No I mean an apocalypse of a different sort -- America's declining fortune. Now I don't think America is in dire straights, in fact, I think it can rebound, but there are some disturbing trends that need to be addressed.
But there is another picture that needs to be seen -- it's a picture of the decline of Detroit the city. This week's Time Magazine runs a story about Detroit that needs to be looked at carefully. Detroit may be the tip of an iceberg coming to a city near you. Once Detroit was the 4th largest city in the nation (it's 11th now). It had nearly 2 million people and a strong manufacturing base. Today it is under 1 million and shrinking. One third of the city is abandoned -- the size of the city of San Francisco. The question facing this once great city is what to do. There are some who dream of filling it back in and becoming a city of 2 million. That's not likely to happen. Other options are to green the city, reforest parts, maybe even farm it. I like that idea.
I've lived in this area for a short time, and am only beginning to get a sense of things. I live in Oakland County, just to the north -- one of the wealthiest in the nation. Detroit's former wealth and grandeur can be found out here now. But people in Oakland Country are beginning to realize that Detroit's collapse could affect us.
I encourage you to take a look at the Time essay; it's enlightening.