Crisis is everywhere. Panic! It’s the next Great Depression! Banks are failing! Gas prices are soaring! It’s the end of the American Dream! In short, we’re fucked. But I can’t help wonder. Is it all for the best?
If it wasn’t for the current crisis, would the media be full of stories on how to get out of debt and live within your means? No. Would every major corporation in America be trying to out green each other? Ha! Would there be renewed interest in alternative energy and transportation? No. Would Obama be leading in the polls?
While I’d like to think of Americans as people capable of making decisions based on what’s reasonable and humane, I’ve been one long enough to know otherwise (the magical 30 years:) If this crisis has taught me anything, it’s that massive change happens only through the pocketbook. And interestingly, it’s losing wealth, not gaining it, that makes people do the right thing.