It’s official: we are directionless, without a reliable compass. For years now, to scry current events was to raise that suspicion. Confirmation arrived in the past 24 hours, with the intersection of two news stories:
“Shift in Earth’s magnetic north throws navigators off course – Vital point on planet’s surface races at unprecedented speed across Arctic” – FT
“Britain’s prime minister and his Conservative Party won a commanding majority in Parliament on Thursday, paving the way for the country’s withdrawal from the European Union next month.” – NYT
The ancient mapmakers’ notation, “Here be dragons,” marked uncharted or dangerous territories, lands rife with mythological menaces. We have tumbled off the edge of the known. We are lost. Beware of dragons.