T.S. Eliot was wrong: December is the cruelest month, not April.
We think of December as a time for rest after a toilsome and anxious year--a time to prepare for Christmas and reconnect with our loved ones.
Yet, December can bring a lot of nasty surprises--shocking us when our hearts are mellow and our guard is down.
For example, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
The Germans launched the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944.
George Washington's ragtag army sneaked across the Delaware River and surprised the Hessians on Christmas Eve, 1776.
Poor Napoleon was shocked when he reached Moscow in December of 1812. He thought he had beaten the Russians, but he was wrong. By the time he got his army back to France, he had lost 90 percent of his soldiers.
So here are my predictions for the month ahead: Americans will receive two rude shocks.
First, the United States is prosecuting a hot war by proxy in Ukraine. Americans believe that the plucky Ukrainians are beating the crap out of Russia.
I don't think so. The Russians are masters of winter warfare and still have a few tricks up their sleeves. Vladimir Putin will remind America there is a price to pay for mucking around in eastern European politics.
Second, the crypto craze will blow up next month, and everybody who bought crypto coins will be wiped out. You will be surprised to learn the names of famous people who got duped.
These two bombshell events will rock the American economy and make us all poorer.
If you are a college student, this is the December to be on your guard. Now is a terrible time to take out student loans to pay for your studies. This might be a good time for you to take a gap year, get a job, and start thinking seriously about what you will do to make a living.
If you're majoring in liberal arts, now is an excellent time to consider changing majors. You may love literature, but you will need more than a bachelor's degree in English to get a job.
My advice: select a vocationally oriented major and read Henry James on your own time.
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