Across Main Street from the peace picket line yesterday, I noticed a shop called "Ten Thousand Villages." The store contains, as the name suggests, artifacts and bric-a-brac from around the world.
In ancient China, the number 10,000 was used to denote the infinite -- a number so great that the human mind could not honestly compass or digest it.
Wikipedia notes, "As of January 9, 2012 the gross [U.S.] debt was $15.23 trillion...."
Is it any wonder that there are times when the world seems to turn into a fairy tale of its own devising?