What Kim Jong-il’s Death Really Means

Kim Jong Il and daniel adlerWhen Kim Jong-il died the world got one step closer to 2012. He was another remnant of the aughties, a preterite totalitarian authority who no longer had any real influence or bearing upon the world order. Kim Jong-il’s death is symbolic of a new era, not only in his small country of 25 million, or in U.S. foreign affairs, but of a rising generation.

A lot of my friends are expatriates, at least temporarily. I soon will be too. Why do we all feel the travel bug? Does it have to do with being in our early 20’s and wanting to experience the world before we come back home, get a Master’s and a wife and call it a picket fence? Hell I may go to Djibouti, just to say I did.

Whatever it is, it’s closing in and I am excited. Yeah, pretty soon I’ll be bathing in the Gulf of Aqaba and re- writing my novel into classic literature in a bungalow, refining, working, because 2012 is going to be another recession year, and the Harvard professor in my dream last night said that it’s going to be a hard time for the entire world.

But you can bet that when it’s over, we’ll be ready.


By Daniel Ryan Adler

Daniel Adler writes fiction and nonfiction and is finishing his MFA at University of South Carolina.

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