Our government masters would have us believe that day-to-day life is a non-stop series of crises.

After all, there are few better or easier ways to keep servants cowed and grateful than by rescuing them constantly from such perceived horrors as flu bugs and deflated footballs.

Granted, some “disasters” are real. But too often they’re manufactured by the State and its big media lapdogs. So I think it’s vital for each of us to hone the skill of “taking it all in stride.”

As an illustration, here’s a wonderful apocalyptic moment somewhere outside London between Professor Challenger and his chauffeur Austin in the novel The Poison Belt (1913), by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle:

“Austin!” said his master.

“Yes, sir?”

“I thank you for your faithful service.”

A smile stole over the servant’s gnarled face.

“I’ve done my duty, sir.”

“I’m expecting the end of the world today, Austin.”

“Yes, sir. What time, sir?”

“I can’t say, Austin. Before evening.”

“Very good, sir.”