An ambitious new participant in the field of “extreme” sports volunteered for the latest stunt, in order to gain “street cred.” The assignment was to leap off the observation platform of the Empire State Building, into the street below, equipped with nothing but a microphone, with which to report his observations to the broadcast audience.
As he plummeted, picking up speed, the announcer asked, “How’s it going?” “So far, so good,” were his last words.
Sufficeth it to say that social, political, and economic conditions are not evenly distributed. Some areas are chaotic, and some are almost serene. The collapse Is clearly under way, but the speed and intensity vary from place to place.