95 And Not Dead Yet: Yessir, This Time It IS The End

by Reg Green (February 2024)

Untitled, Heinz Geiringer, early 1940


Are things really that perilous? Every news commentator seems to think so. But didn’t they always think that way? As Noel Coward lamented back in the 1950s:

They’re morbid in Mongolia
And querulous in Quebec,
There’s not a man
In Balochistan
Who isn’t a nervous wreck.

Continuing to probe the world’s woes, he found

They’re sullen in Siberia
And timid in Turkestan,
They’re sick with fright
In the Isle of Wight
And jittery in Japan.

Even that wasn’t the half of it.

They’re nervous in Nigeria
And terribly cross in Crete,
In Bucharest
They are so depressed
They’re frightened to cross the street.


And so on.

There’s a lesson here. Every year since humans started thinking about the future they could convince themselves that their world was tottering to its end. But we’re still here, aren’t we?


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Reg Green is an economics journalist who was born in England and worked for the Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and The Times of London. He emigrated to the US in 1970. His books include The Nicholas Effect and his website is nicholasgreen.org.

Follow NER on Twitter @NERIconoclast


3 Responses

  1. Yes, the world is still here! BUT the problem is we’re not… or rather soon NOT to be. And in that sense, I don’t think the dead give a damn about the world still being here or not. How about that feller exiled from his beloved Paris in 1463… and never again heard from? Do you think he cares? Well, I’m a realist, and realists are not particularly loved. Thanks Reg!

  2. Yesiree!
    There’s wailing in Washington
    And flailing in the Netherlands
    There’s fighting in the Holy Land
    Disgruntlement enough to beat the band
    Why don’t we to all be nice
    And playfully cheat with loaded dice?

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