What LIES Ahead


We’re in the bunker. We’ve been down here for a week or so, waiting for the whirlwind to die. We sent the Director of the Institute, Torvald, topside to observe, gather information and report back. He has not returned. Magnus, the Assistant Director, is refusing to obey the order to go up and find Torvald. And Magnus has taken to muttering under his breath whenever we approach him.

You can see the state we’re in. Actually we should be fine from this day forward until the time yet to come. Yes, there always is the unforeseen, but we have made preparations.

For one thing, we have a good supply of toothpicks. And as long as the generators keep running, we’ll have plenty of microwave popcorn to eat as we watch the collapse of civilization, Western or otherwise. At this point, we’d be thrilled to see a sign. We use top-of-the-line video equipment (we spared no expense) monitored by our own team of image interpretation specialists trained by the National Security Agency. So far, they’ve located several stashes of weapons of mass destruction but little else. No Torvald. Just bewilderment.

We’re still accepting visitors and applicants at the Institute, but only a few permanent positions remain open. However, the symposium is coming up when we’ll have a few people down to discuss the political, environmental, philosophical and ultimately ethical climate. Grief counselors will be on duty.

If you plan to come, bring: money, food, water, smokes, make-up, medicine, survival equipment, hope, 26-band radio rig, personal doctor, dentist, shrink, more hope, credibility, smart phones, weapons and ammo, good health, undisclosed alternative facts, a mail order catalogue, ways and means, toothpaste, pen and ink, blotter, hand tools, a manner of speaking, and accessories, adapters, and chargers for all of the above. Who knows what opportunities will present themselves?

Please understand, we are trying our very best, but if you have complaints and the admissible evidence to support them, you can talk to our attorneys: Zoom, Schwartz and Profigliano.

A thought for today from our old friend Marcus: “Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.”

Author: Craig Butcher

Craig Butcher is an award-winning educator who has taught critical thinking skills for more than two decades. In addition, he has worked on Capitol Hill as a congressional staffer and has been a top-rated broadcaster.