Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Economy in Perspective

Alright, here's a tough love moment in time, Americans have got to stop living like we are the only people on Earth. The book Ishmael: An Adventure in Mind and Spirit by Daniel Quinn deals with this issue creatively. The main character is a gorilla who discusses the existential nature of man. Here's a quick paragraph (p. 84)worth pondering,"There's nothing fundamentally wrong with people. Given a story to enact that puts them in accord with the world, they will live in accord with world. But given a story to enact that puts them at odds with the world, as yours does, they will live at odds with the world. Given a story to enact in which they are the lords of the world, they will act like the lords of the world. And, given a story to enact in which the world is a foe to be conquered, they will conquer it like a foe, and one day, inevitably, their foe will be bleeding to death at their feet, as the world is now."

Right now, when it comes to finances and in many other areas, man is at odds with nature. Dealing with money specifically, what would it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul?

Drastic times, indeed now call for drastic measures. I can't wait to see the details of the $700 billion bailout.

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