So, I went to check who had won the ‘Brexit’ referendum on whether the UK should leave the EU.
I switched on my computer, and got a real shock: my whole screen was completely upside down.
The day before, I’d accidentally spilled some water on my keyboard, so I figured it was from that – but couldn’t work out WHY the computer appeared to be functioning normally, albeit 100% upside down.
As I was sitting there, thinking about how to get this problem fixed, and how much it would probably cost, it suddenly struck me: my computer, and the wider world it connects to via the internet, had finally flipped.
For once, IT was upside down, while I was feeling the right way up.
A little later, it transpired that one of my kids had made my screen go upside down as a joke (ha ha. No, really.) I logged on to my now right-way-up screen – and I found that the world had indeed flipped upside down (or right side up, depending on what view you hold).
Britain had voted to leave the EU.
Dear reader, this is a huge development, and it’s going to lead to some very big and dramatic changes, very quickly. One thing it’s DEFINITELY going to lead to is a global recession that’s going to give the Great Depression a run for its money in terms of how much impact it’s going to exert on the world’s economy.
London and the UK is at the end of one of the largest and most fragile property bubbles ever seen. Brexit is going to burst that bubble over the next few days, weeks and months, as a lot of big international money starts to pull out of the UK.
When the property market plunges off a cliff, it’s going to drag the British banks with it – some of whom already lost 17-30% of their value in trading on Friday. British banks, like pretty much any bank you care to mention, are only officially ‘solvent’ because they have dibs on a whole bunch of over-priced (and effectively unsaleable) properties.
Once the property bubble bursts, the banks bubble is going to follow after it pretty sharply – and that’s going to have an instant impact on the world’s financial stability, as the debacle with Lehman Bros et al demonstrated very clearly, back in 2008.
To put this another way: the world is about to change in some huge ways.
Brexit is not a storm in a tea cup, or an isolated incident. It’s the touch paper that’s going to spark off global transformation on an unprecedented scale.
Rebbe Nachman teaches that when a person has true yirat shemayim, or fear of God, then all the crazy things happening around him in the world don’t scare him, because he knows that they’re just signs that the world is moving closer towards Moshiach and redemption.
Over the next few days and weeks, I think we’re all going to see a lot of crazy things kicking off all over the place.
It’s going to take a few more months (maybe…) until this is commonly accepted, but the EU is done, finished, gone. It’s going to implode under the weight of its own moral corruption, just like the former USSR did 30 years ago.
And with Trump poised to be the next US president (yes, I’m afraid that’s really going to happen!) – anything is possible, literally. Clinton is bonkers and evil, but still officially plays politics ‘by the rules’. Trump has no such limitation, and as such is probably the biggest catalyst for dramatic change for a generation.
God is throwing everything up in the air right now. The world is literally about to flip upside-down (or right side up…). And if we’re not clinging to Hashem, it’s going to be one heck of a scary ride.