From our perspective here in 2028, the time of troubles and its aftermath seems so unnecessary and even, in some ways, silly. But what is obvious in hindsight is often cloaked in mystery while one is living through it.
The people who were responsible for the transition and its myriad consequences were just ordinary people. They had no great insights into what the future would bring. They certainly had no idea at the time how future generations would view them. But if we present the story of one man's reactions to the changes as well as some historical material, perhaps the gentle reader will come to understand both what happened and why it came as such a surprise to almost everyone.