The Overton Window
Scared the Crap out of me, not because it was scary (I mean, it was a wee bit predictable), but because it was creepily true-ish. The Overton window is a concept similar to, but more complex than, the old frog in a pot of boiling water cliche. Combine that with Don’t Waste A Crisis and you’ve got the concept.
I loved it.
But I will say. Glenn Beck’s said recently on his radio show that he’s tired of people saying that they can’t handle this stuff any more, that it’s too overwhelming. Well, here’s the thing: it is. If I were the extremely wealthy son of the biggest marketing genius in the country, a man who is richer than God himself, such as the main character in the book, then, yeah, it probably wouldn’t seem so overwhelming. For me? A homeschooling business owner who barely has time every day to put on clothes, let alone, you know, shake the very foundations of our oversized government…. overwhelming.
The Edge of Apocalypse.
Another Tim LeHaye book. Perhaps even more poorly written than the Left Behind series, though it’s been a while since I read that series. Unlike in Left Behind, though, this book seemed like it was written for a mainstream audience, and then had God inserted in. Also, the main character was a non believing pilot, with a believing wife and kids. Sound familiar? Um, Left Behind, anyone?
All that aside, the plot line was interesting. Main character is extremely well-connected and convenes his own Roundtable of patriots who are also well-connected. You know, former Supreme Court judges and the like. They try to affect change in an America that’s just far enough in the future, and just far enough down the crap road we’re on that you still recognize it as America, but a very troublesome America. And of course, they can, because they know the right people.
And, again. If I were a former Supreme Court Judge who had the top military defense contractor as my best friend and knew some high-ups in pretty much every industry… I might not feel overwhelmed. I could actually do something. But me, I feel overwhelmed.
— Incidentally, this is one of the reasons that research – and I – says we should NOT give children environmental education of the “habitat destruction” “ozone hole” “global warming” sort. It’s too overwhelming for a child, who feels like he cannot affect any meaningful change in the face of such giant problems. That overwhelming feeling does to children the same thing it does to me – make it really tempting to make it all go away by just ignoring it.