Some things aren't worth the worry

Published: Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 04:56 PM.

As if I didn’t have enough to worry about, a year ago NSA contractor Edward Snowden gave us yet another thing to worry about. We were being spied upon by our own government.

Ten years ago, the band Rockwell forecast our Snowden moment in their song “Somebody’s Watching Me” (2004 Motown Records). Rockwell’s first stanza lyrics went like this:

“Who’s watching. Tell me, who’s watching, Who’s watching me

“I’m just an average man, with an average life, I work from nine to five, Hey, hell, I pay the price, All I want is to be left alone, In my average home, But why do I always feel, Like I’m in the Twilight Zone.

“And (I always feel like), (Somebody’s watching me), And I have no privacy, Whooooa-oh-oh, (I always feel like), (Somebody’s watching me), Tell me, is it just a dream?”

No, it isn’t a dream. Somebody really is watching me. Check. Another reason to worry. And the band Rockwell reminds me I should have been worried 10 years ago.

More to worry about. Global warming is going to melt the polar ice caps and inundate eastern North Carolina. We’re being overwhelmed by kids from Central and South America who are exceeding our immigration controls. The dreaded Ebola disease is going to spread from Africa around the world. U.S. politicians can’t or won’t get along. The U.S. Embassy in Libya was evacuated because our diplomats’ safety can’t be guaranteed. North Korea is threatening to nuke the White House. The so-called “Arab Spring” is really, as it turns out, a winter. Airplanes are falling from the sky … or being shot from it. It’s hurricane and wildfire season.

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