The cover story of the current issue of TIME magazine states that the first decade of the 21st Century has been the worst in a long time.  Well, it has been an interesting, if nerve-wracking decade — given what we’ve experienced during that ten year time span, including 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and the current global economic crisis.  But can this decade really be considered the worst ever in recorded history?
   The answer, of course, is very simple: that depends on who you ask, particularly if a large majority of people have had to bear the scars of what they and their families and friends have had to endure during this decade alone.  Of course, there are others who might disagree, saying the 2000’s wasn’t the worst decade in modern times — and there were those in past decades who’ve had to endure worse hardships, including the generation that suffered through the Great Depression in the 1930’s.
   True, this decade alone has brought misery and tragedy for many.  And yet, it also showed those who possessed courage and fortitude in the face of unspeakable and unexpected odds — the ones who continue to remind us of mankind’s capabilities for good, and how it can not only influence civilizations, but also help to alter history for the better.  It’s something to think about, especially as we hope and pray that the next decade will be better than the one before.  But will the 2010’s and all future decades turn out better than the 2000’s (and all past decades and centuries)?  That depends on everybody — and I do mean everybody — who wants a better (and to a certain degree, saner) world.
John Lavernoich
Winsted, CT
November 28, 2009
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I've written five published novels -- including the first two in the CHAMELEONS, INC. book series -- as well as various non-fiction articles and short stories that have been published in both print and on the Internet.
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