You know when someone says that some situation is only temporary, it’s permanent. If it wasn’t, there’d be no reason to call attention to it at all.
It’s very likely that the person telling you that something is temporary knows when he says it that the probability of its being permanent is high. It’s not so much that he’s lying, or deliberately misleading you. He may actually believe that, this time, the situation really will be temporary, even if all his years of experience would argue against it.
This is true of everything. I’m not referring to anything in particular, although I do have a very good example of its being true.
I’m not going to write about this building, I’m just going to give you the wikipedia link and let you read what people there said. I will say though, that I first learned about this from a friend of mine who is an illustrator for real estate firms. I think he was hired to draw the building.
Why do I bring this up? It’s because today things are happening — building projects being suspended, unemployment rates rising, the desk you’re sitting at at work — and people are saying that the situation is only temporary. So when you hear that, remember the North Building, still unfinished since the time of the last Depression.