[T]he fifth circle contains two related groups of sinners. But whereas avarice and prodigality are two distinct sins based on the same principle (an immoderate attitude toward material wealth), wrath and sullenness are basically two forms of a single sin: anger that is expressed (wrath) and anger that is repressed (sullenness). This idea that anger takes various forms is common in ancient and medieval thought. Note how the two groups suffer different punishments appropriate to their type of anger–the wrathful ruthlessly attacking one another and the sullen stewing below the surface of the muddy swamp (Inf. 7.109-26)–even though they are all confined to Styx.
And where exactly are we, just now, with tens of millions of people out of work and hundreds of thousands of THEM at the end of their rope while the guys running the show don’t really think any of it is any great big deal, come our next shot at picking who gets to be in charge?
And if things weren’t bad enough, the big shots are going to cut the pay of those who CAN’T work anymore in order that they, themselves, can find some really kewl new ways to finagle enough double-speak in order to keep their own cushy jobs. And, did I mention that they’re going to erase our last and only personal lines in the sands of self-defense before we figure out who the real enemy is in our daily existence?
If this isn’t hell, I surely don’t know what is.
We’re out of money, after a generation spending more than we make, and we’ve borrowed from our enemies in order to keep writing bad checks and spew an endless litany of empty and broken promises. Perhaps worst of all, we’ve become enslaved by the very people we entrusted to watch our backs and safeguard the futures of our children and their children’s children…and we have only our sorry selves to blame.
If all goes according to the plan of our masters, we might seal the deal once and for all in 2012…certainly no later than 2016…unless a whole lot of people figure out that things have gone terribly wrong that we are on the edge of that chasm called “the point of no return.” People better be ready to stand up and DO something about it or far-too-soon it’s going to be far-too-late.