Pondering

By Joseph Droddy

Tionesta

A few items to ponder concerning things that we all can find on the Internet.

A trillion is one thousand billion, a billion is one thousand million, a million is one thousand thousand.

It is difficult enough to grasp one thousand in our minds. The universe began 13.7 billion years ago. The age of the Earth is about 4.5 billion years. The national debt is about $28 trillion which is lots more than the age of the universe.

U.S. COVID relief is about $1.9 trillion. World population is about 7.8 billion people. U.S. population is about 330 million. How much would each of us need to pay to clear the national debt?

My wife and I received CIVID relief money even though I'm retired, living on a fixed income which, by the grace of God, is sufficient to our needs, plus some.

While I will not return this "stimulus" money. I'm sure we didn't need it, yet it is good to have extra we can give to charity. I wonder how long a family budget could survive spending the way our country does.

Another item to ponder is the untold number of innocent children untimely ripped from their mothers' wombs. In William Shakespeare's "Macbeth," it was told that no man born of woman would ever kill Macbeth. However, Malcom, who had been "untimely ripped from his mother's womb" (Caesarean section), did kill Macbeth.

We must wonder whether these untold millions of children will be the death of us.

Lastly, you cannot hear the inflection of voice in a text or typed message. Much is lost there but for the reader's sake it may be a good thing just now.