How many of you remember that old joke about the first fully-automatic airliner flight, where the computer flying the airplane explains over the intercom to the passengers how "everything will work just fine, and nothing can go wrong... go wrong... go wrong"? I cut to the ending because the original joke is so tedious in telling how everything is under control, etc. etc.
I am now finding that I can turn to the Main Stream Media (TV and Internet) and hear all the reasons I should not worry about Ebola because "they" know how to control it, and just don't panic. The level of chatter keeps growing. I am beginning to feel they are telling me "nothing can go wrong... go wrong... go wrong."
I just read Orlov's latest posting entitled "Ebola and the Five Stages of Collapse" and watched as a master of doomsday parsed the problem presented by Ebola into five different aspects of collapse and discussed each as a separate problem. In my opinion, the real problem is the totality of the pending collapse. All of his stages will be happening, and with the interconnectivity of this world, the entirity of human society will quickly come apart. I am not trying to refute what Orlov is saying, for if you look at one side of an elephant at a time, it is easier to understand what is happening on that side apart from what could be happening elsewhere. But each of the five stages will force the other stages into execution, even if somehow they were protected in some other way.
If you look back at the history of the Black Plague in the 1300s you see that the "sanitars" were those who survived and were left. They disposed of those who died and then carried on, forming a new society much less crowded than before. I expect that to happen if Ebola does spread to the rest of the world. But those who are left will have no finance or commercial system to provide for their needs. The political system as we have it will reduce to authoritarian control from within the group that survives. Society and culture will be remade by the survivors of this plague.
My book about the future, Was A Time When, assumed that plagues would develop, but did not describe them in much detail. Also, I assumed they would come after famine and starvation had taken its toll, so it took more time for total collapse to take place. Now, I am not so sure I judged the speed of the collapse correctly. And then it may all depend on the sequence of the different parts of the collapse.
I need to spend some time redoing my scenario about the future. I need to take into account a plague like Ebola.
So for now, I suggest that you rest assured the PTB are in control and nothing can go wrong...