We see by the news that World Leader Gordon Brown, boss politician of Britain, identifies security and the economy as the "major challenges" of 2009, and the world's media are dutifully reporting it as a profound observation.
Let's think historically about that, maybe going back to the late stone age. "I tell ya' tribe, we gotta find more nuts and berries next year or we're goinna starve. And it's time to do something about those sabre-tooth tiger attacks."
True, Prime Minister Brown also said "climate change" is the third "major challenge" for 2009, but that's just because it's fashionable.
Personally, I think we'd all be better off if the United Nations outlawed these annual World Leader New Year's speeches about "major challenges."