Well - the age would explain the lack of punctuation and why you're so oblivious to what can happen here.
In 1929 the world didn't end either, but it was followed by the greatest conflict this planet has seen to date (well, someone used nukes on this planet 10 000 years ago, but that's a different discussion I think). Hundreds of millions died. The only reason the world didn't end was because Germany was beaten before they got the A-bomb. Or we'd be living in a Mad Max movie right now.
2008 was a minor blip on the screen as far as these things go.
Next time it comes around, billions will die. And we are so close, oh so close, to 1929. All we need now is a trigger event. If one of the top 5 banks go, they'll all go. 2008 was 1 bank. Imagine they all fail at once.
My grandmother was so poor she made her underpants from flour bags. Soap was made from animal fat. Take nothing for granted. When it comes it will come hard and fast and it will hurt. Especially for those in cities where a 1000 mile salad is the norm...