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Posted on Dec 31, 2015 in Blog |

Regina’s Blog: 2016 – The Year Ahead

Regina’s Blog: 2016 – The Year Ahead

I woke up in the middle of the night wondering what the various diagnostics were for the year 2016 and began researching. Here’s a very condensed synopsis of what is believed will play out.

Trend-caster Gerald Celente agreed with many other watchdogs in the field of finance that 2016 will be a year to remember – as in a 1929 kind of year to remember. With a $220-trillion global debt bubble waiting to burst, he said his strategy is Gold, Guns and a Getaway plan. That was not tongue in cheek, he was serious. He said the financial downturn would be far more serious than 2008 and that it was force the movement of mass numbers of people around the globe, looking for work. He believes that a major war is likely to play out as well. I have heard this from many quarters and take it seriously, meaning that we will need to rely on ourselves and one another. The upside?

This is the year of the Monkey in the Chinese Zodiac, which means restlessness and nervousness accompanied with great innovation, problem solving and adventure. I think we can look to the younger generation to find ingenious ways of dealing with potential hardship. Think AirB&B and Uber from the last downturn. There is more than one way to skin the hardship cat and, necessity IS the mother of invention. We should see a very innovative time coming up.

There will be an increase in the ways in which hackers will have access to our data and financials, especially if we use smart phones for our transactions. Internet criminality will become epic in their invasiveness and disruption of society even up to political levels and the use of the internet for terrorism. Increases in breeches of information stored in the Cloud are also predicted. Maybe time to pick up a newspaper and drop around your bank to make your deposit.

An East Indian report on numerology stated that we should write out the number 2016, not abbreviate it to ’16 as 16 is the number of disaster. Japan is a 16 and has a history of one earth calamity after another.

Oh, and a Peruvian shaman said Trump will not become president 🙂

My belief is that we will need to look more seriously at multi-generational or communal housing as a viable lifestyle. While it may mean mastering the art of negotiation and compromise, it may be our salvation to say nothing of giving a chronically lonely population human interface. I see this as a gloriously inventive time in which people are forced to re-think their values and relationships. Given the knowledge we have now as opposed to 1929, we should see plenty of silver linings. One might be growing our own food again. I noticed I spontaneously bought a seed catalogue the other day.

In short, hard times are often remembered as among the most connected times between people. Perhaps a little inter-dependence would do us some good, especially women like me and my friends who have gone feral. Hard times might soften the hard edges we have developed in these times of fierce independence.

Please chime in and let me know your own thoughts on 2016!!