The pressure cooker of our outer world is starting to boil. The resulting disintegration of the status quo is causing dramas to spiral out of control, setting off conflicts everywhere as people struggle to adjust.
We see the influence all around, even when we'd prefer not to. The financial system that once worked quietly out of view is now trembling on its foundations, propped up with public money and back-room deals.
Governmental operations are buckling under corruption and mismanagement, and demonstrating that even its enormous powers are no match for the unforeseen ravages of man and nature. Escalating political battles call into question even the best of intentions, leaving proponents to fight over who will get to hold the beast's reigns and feed its insatiable appetite for more.
Jobs that once could last a lifetime are now at best temporary islands of relief from periodic unemployment, triggering fears of an uncertain future and the struggles of lifestyles in flux.
The question for each of us is, how will we find our way through the storm and still be able to carve out lives that serve us?