I've been thinking a lot about consequences lately.
There have been times in America before when people didn't seem to worry so much about consequences. Times like the Roaring Twenties, when a bunch of people managed to make it through WWI and get home in one piece, when business was booming and society was changing in so many ways, when music and dance and fashion and night life stepped things up a notch, that people- or some of them- just seemed to get swept up in the current and lose their bearings.
Times like the late 1960s, when the Baby Boomers started making their numbers felt for the first time, when the protests over the war in Vietnam began to get traction, when repeated assassinations seemed to jerk the rug out from under various segments of the population, when the Flower Children showed up and blew their own minds as well as the minds of everyone else, when the 1920's mantra of 'wine women and song' got repackaged into 'sex drugs and rock&roll' and once again people just got swept away by events and changes.
It was basically forty years from the 1920s to the 1960s. And it's been about 50 years from the 1960s till now. I get the impression there are a lot of people around me who are waiting for some sort of signal that there is less reason to be concerned about consequences these days. That consequences seem not to matter as much as they did in years gone by - that there might not even BE any consequences imposed externally before too long, because there might not be any power structure out there TO impose consequences.
This is going to be REALLY interesting, I think...
"All the perplexities, confusion and distress in America arises not from deficits in the Constitution or Confederation , nor from want of honor and virtue, so much as downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit, and circulation." -- John Adams
"The issue which has swept down the centuries and which will have to be fought sooner or later is the people versus the banks." -- Lord Acton