Where would we be without the press to tell us (and remind us over and over again of) what we are to believe?
In the Spiegel article What the World Can Learn from 10 Years of Excesses three diligent journalists worked hard to save us all from the effort of using our own overcapacitated brains and wrapped up the past decade for us in a nutshell, joining many other writers from probably every other major newspaper around the world.
I suppose that in order to keep their job, a journalist in the 21st century must simply stick to the one great commandment: "Thou shalt uphold the official version of 9/11," since that is obviously what each of those wrap-ups of the decade portray.
Only the Spiegel has given it a special little twist by saying that the carpet-cutter-wielding "radical Islamists" who allegedly pulled 9/11 also brought down Capitalism per se.
Not only that, but the great 19th century German Jewish prophet Karl Marx even prophesied their heroic deed.
I guess we're really going to have to spank those naughty Muslim's butts now that it's becoming known that not only did their envoys bring down the Twin Towers, but also the sacred cow of Capitalism herself.
Other people make resolutions for the new year on December 31st, we pick a specific Bible verse as a guiding motif for the coming twelve months. Mine for 2010 will be Mark 12:2. "For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known."
It just thrills me, that the Creator of Heaven and earth should have given us a Promise that some day - whether near or far - we're going to be told the truth for a change after all this never-ending hogwash from an army of fairy-tale makers.
Since I don't believe in coincodence, I'm beginning to wonder about a deeper significance to the name "Spiegel" (=mirror) this reflector of "truth" has chosen as its trademark, and am immediately reminded of Don Quixote's battle with the knight of mirrors, who finally brought Quixote "back to his senses" with his version of "reality," heralding the sad ending of the story.
What's the lesson to be learned from this? Don't listen to the tales of the "Knight of Mirrors" if you want to live a happy life, because what he may sell you as reality may turn out to be another - howbeit extremely well written - fairytale spun on behalf of the darker powers that be.