Bright or gloom future ahead?
By Ingemar Pongratz
A couple of intensive months are behind and it is easy to become philosophical, specially considering that we (our family) have decided to take a vacation in our favourite spot in Thailand. But it has been intense, both at work with big applications and the news have been packed everyday.
First, we have the hurricane season in the US, and the effects that these event cause on people who are affected. It is incredible to witness the energy of these natural effects. However, it is equally incredible to witness the lack of preparation of the US for these yearly events. Every year there is a hurricane season and every year we see the same images and we see the major costs for the people and the community and the loss of life. Still nothing is done to prepare the coastal communities.
This is incredible, simple incredible to understand.
This year the effects of the hurricane were also felt outside the US mainland in Puerto Rico, and we got a fantastic geography lesson from the US President when he was trying to explain why so little was done to help the people of Puerto Rico. He pointed out that there was a “big ocean” surrounding the “Island”. Well thanks for that…
In Europe we have of course the whole Brexit charade. Sometimes I wonder if the UK really want to go through the process, I mean really go through the process…
I would certainly not hold it against them if they would like to change their mind. The “Very Special Relationship” with the US is now in the hands of the Trump administration. The UK was to leave the stable European block and wonder out to what…? Maybe reality has hit the UK and they are reconsidering. I don’t know.
If they are trying to negotiate their way out of the EU, the path they have chosen simply does not make sense. It is easy to say it is their loss, but of course the effects will be also visible in the EU, more so for the UK but I think the EU will not benefit either.
So a lot uncertainties, include the situation in North Korea etc. Well, a lot of things to work with and set right in the near future, that is for sure. both big and small.
But I think we should remain optimistic. It is a mess, we a mess can always be corrected and sooner or later we will find the right way again.