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How many times have you said...

(or heard your parents say) the following statements?

Humans have the tendency to hold stressful things in until they are no longer able to contain their reaction. The level of stress continues to build, while to outward appearances everything remains calm until...

a. I'm at my wit's end.
b. I'm at the end of my rope.
c. If I hear you arguing with your sister (brother) just one more time, I think I'll explode.
d. You have me so upset I think I'm having a nervous breakdown.
e. I feel like I'm forever treading water...
f. He seemed okay, then just went off the deep end.
g. She suddenly went ballistic.
h. He went postal.
i. I was just talking with him the other day, and now he's gone.
j. I could have told him that that temper of his was going to do him in.
k. You are going to be the death of me, yet.
l. I always knew that something wasn't quite right about him, but I couldn't put my finger on it.
m. Ever since he was a child, we all suspected that there was something different about him. I guess now we know.
n. ...and on
o. ...and on
p. ad naseum

These and similar statements have been said with slight variations millions of times by people about to experience the Principle of Imminent Collapse first hand or who were observing a collapse in the making. The husband of a friend of my mother used to tell his wife and friends that one day he was going to Baltimore. For years it was an unexplained utterance that begged no explanation. He would some day go to Baltimore, just like some people say what they will do when they retire, or finish school, or attain some goal or status in life. One of these days I'm going to go to Baltimore.

One afternoon many years ago this friend received a telephone call from a Baltimore City Police Officer. Her husband had shot himself through the head in a hotel room in Baltimore. There was no explanation. No note. No reason that anyone could ascertain. He had gone to Baltimore. After years of saying it, knowing its secret meaning, he got into his car and drove six hours to the cryptic city and ended his life for whatever reason he had.

If you understand the Principle of Imminent Collapse you will not find it odd that there is a disproportionately high percentage of automobile fatalities that are single occupant, unrestrained driver, high-speed failure to stay on the pavement, and striking a stationary object collisions.

Yes, it could have been an incredible coincidence, but on the opening day of the Westside MAX light rail line in Portland, OR in 1998 an elderly gentleman managed to drive off the Interstate across a grassy stretch and between two sections of chain-link fence to drop his car onto the tracks some twenty or so feet below. His car landed on its roof but he sustained only minor injuries. Could it have been a suicide attempt? Or was it just one of those things that happen without rational explanation that reinforce the power of the Principle of Imminent Collapse to manifest itself?

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