Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, animals both domesticated and wild, Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch'intrate*.
I woke up this morning to an onslaught of depressing news: North Korea, a country that would love to see the U.S. as a bloodstain, is testing missiles with U.S. government approval; CEO of GM given his walking papers ... by the U.S. government? adding to a financial crisis that still has no course. But at least the war on terror has a new name, "Overseas Contingency Operation," to take away our icky feelings about terrorism. It feels as if we are walking into hell and the U.S. government is our Virgil. Or maybe I feel this way because it's Monday.
*Abandon all hope, you who enter here - translated by Robert Pinsky.
Or if you prefer a more contemporary view on hope abandonment ...