Quoting Rodrigo, these are uncertain times for living, although these are certainly the best times for leaving an epic legacy to further generations.
Firstly because they are exciting: a million changes a day won’t keep the doctors, the crisis and the IMF away, but at least one cannot be bored. Secondly, the International Health Organization has warned that the philosopher’s stone will not be found, since this organization anticipates the life expectancy to decrease for the first time in 200 years. Meaning: we will have a shorter but a more exciting life than our parents had. I couldn’t imagine anything more exciting than Woodstock but stock market will certainly turn me on. One day.
The question is: shorter lives, yes, but only due to diabetes? Or are there any other reasons?
Greeks have reasons to think so – so did the South Koreans, where the suicide rate boosted in the 90s, in a phenomenon that was called “IMF suicides”. In Greece, the suicide rate is now four times higher than it was before the crisis and the IMF intervention. Ireland’ suicide rates were up 13%. It could be the IMF curse but arts and literature may benefit with this deadly plague.
Humanity has always relied on our capacity of singing or telling stories which reproduce and build History. Unemployment and misery are surely good motivations to embrace a relationship with alcohol, la bohéme, cheap rents in mansards and tumblr logged in cyber bars. Apart from the tumblr (too new to give it some real credit), the rest is well-known as the habitat of great books, great ideas, great conspiracy theories, failed and not-so-failed revolutions, riots and world-wide changes. Meaning, we have a lot to write about and some of us will even be remembered for their words. And if you write on the web, feel free to occupy megabytes. “Times that are a changing”!
“Come writers and critics
Who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes wide
The chance won’t come again
And don’t speak too soon
For the wheel’s still in spin
And there’s no tellin’ who
That it’s namin’
For the loser now
Will be later to win
For the times they are a-changin’”
(only the verses. The rest is mine, in case you have found my words so good that you didn’t pick the difference).