My cheery thought of the day:
The world is filled with crazies. Russians want to recreate either the Soviet Union or Mother Russia depending on which flavor of tyranny is in fashion. The Turks seem to dream of creating a new Ottoman Empire with a grand sultan ruling from decadent palaces in Byzantium. The Arabs are dreaming of reversing a thousand years of cultural decline and recreating a caliphate to dominate the Middle East. The Iranians fantasize about a new Persian Empire stretching from North Africa to Central Asia. Megalomania seems to have taken hold of much of the world.
Americans and Western Europeans seem to have slipped off into that dark night ready to fade away into a Western European Wonderland of oblivion, dependency and suicidal despondency.
The only nations that do not seem to have lost their way are India and China. Will they be able to stand against these threats?