Crucible: a place or occasion of severe test or trial: the crucible of combat. A place or situation in which different elements interact to produce something new: the crucible of the new Romantic movement. - New Oxford American Dictionary
The uneasiness of the time. The repetitive appearance of times, each moment you choose, using your own free will, to look at the clock: 11:11, 1:11, 2:22. 12:12, etc. The concern with futures — thoughts of tomorrow creating anxiety, fear, (same thing) angst, or anger. Things that are happening to our world, the disregard for each other, our planet, our own bodies. The beginnings of an awareness that all is not as it should be. Something is slightly off. It's like having a hip-joint out. Annoying. A splinter in the finger. A lash in the eye. An ear plugged-up in the shower. A missing tooth!
What, I ask, are we to do???
WATCH THIS. It'll put everything in clear perspective!
From "The History of the World" by Mel Brooks, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LnF1OtP2Svk