(Toledo, OH) When a storm looms on the horizon a person can often sense what is coming. Rumbling thunder in the distance causes the ground to vibrate, and winds will shift direction prior to a storm.
There is a moment just before a storm when the air is completely still, when a falling leaf encounters no countervailing breeze.
Then winds shift again away from the center of the storm as rain and lightning become the dominant features of the environment.
Winds are changing in the world, and my hunch is that powerful storms are in store for humankind. There is a current - though temporary - stillness in global politics that will likely be the calm before our metaphorical megastorm.
Perhaps pessimistic forecasters - I would be in that group - are overestimating the intensity of the gathering storm clouds.
But perhaps again the storm will be worse than expected. In that case, one might be well advised to prepare for foul weather, or even the storm of the century.