Monday, June 16, 2008

The Big Slowdown

It's an exciting time to be alive. I know people are concerned about energy prices, inflation and the collapse of credit and so on but I can't help but think that in the long run all of these economic negatives have positive social effects. People have already started driving less and using their bikes and public transportation more. Maybe not being able to afford a new Chinese made couch every two years is a good thing. Maybe not having the option to pay for a vacation to Cancun on credit will make people look towards their own communities for leisure.

We've been so wealthy (and getting wealthier by the minute) for so long that we've forgotten to appreciate how much we have. We've been running around in an indulgent dream for so long, inundated by ever improving toys, ceaseless entertainment etc that we've forgotten what the real world is. All the economic woes are going to slow everything down enough for us to realize how immature we've been. I think we'll emerge as a wiser country if not a wiser world

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