The year was 1757. That was when the Last Judgment occurred in the Spiritual World. Yet fundamentalists keep interpreting the Book of Revelation in a material sense, and keep seeing imminent doom. The Last Judgment though has already happened. Since then, it has consistently been, a la Charles Dickens, the best of times and the worst of times, with superlatives prevailing. How contradictory superlatives coexist is by placing them in different mental compartments, and this gives rise to the 21st Century Schizoid Man.
Thus reads the description for my latest video, “Time of Usual Superlatives”, published to YouTube on February 25, 2016. The clip, which clocks in at 9 minutes and 3 seconds, can hopefully be viewed at the top of today’s blog entry.
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only. 
The thing I notice in the Charles Dickens quotation above is how “the period” was insisted to be described “in the superlative degree of comparison only.” And that “the period” was “so far like the present period.” AND, I here add, “the period” is also like now, with “the superlative degree” in wide use.
So the “news” keeps whamming us with “best of times, worst of times” superlatives when things really are about as always. There are as usual “crises” of great moment to be followed by yet more “crises” of great moment. Not to say the crises aren’t often real, just that there are always various crises.
Which brings us to today, which seems to show no big crisis. But how can you do attention-grabbing “news” and webcasts when such appears to be the situation? An attention-grabbing crisis will have to be drummed up somehow, or else people won’t visit your web site or click on your videos. And so it is that there has this morning been found a 6 percent drop in the Chinese stock market.  This event has saved various websites and webcasts from ennui.
Chinese stocks slump! Will there be contagion!? Oil prices doomed! Elites moving to secure locations!
Really though the stock markets could well be heading towards a crash. There are various indications of this, such as the end of artificial stimuli from “Federal” Reserve. If stock markets aren’t pumped up with steroids from the “Fed”, they at least tend to linger in stasis if not fall. The oil prices, lately seen to move in tandem with the stock prices, are whispered by Oracle of Delphi to be on the verge of change which, like prosperity, is just around the corner. Be sure to click on superlative comparisons certain to erupt until the weekend, when seasons of LIGHT and DARKNESS take a rest.
——- Sources ——-
 Quotation from, A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens.
 “Europe shrugs off pre-G20 China stocks slump, sterling steadies”, by Marc Jones. Reuters, February 25, 2016.