Questions about Money, Time, and the Economy

One thing that has really challenged me lately is the way ‘experts’ refer to the inevitable economic recovery. They assume that things will be back to the way they were before the current recession. But what does that mean?

Does it mean the everybody will be taking out second and third mortgages on their homes, so that they can buy a bigger flat screen television? Will those mortgages be available (I really doubt that). Does it mean that there will be a ton of great jobs all of a sudden. Does it mean that people will feel confident and secure about the future of the US and the economy? Does it mean that things were NORMAL during the Bush/Cheney era? Does it mean that this is what people want? What is normal?

And the really weird thing is that President Obama seems to be expressing himself that way as well. I voted for him because he said that he was about change I could believe in. Is that true? What kind of change did he have in mind?

What really is wealth? Is it just lots of money in the bank? Or, is it a continually soaring stock market? Or is it the capability to relax and enjoy one’s free time? How much FREE time is there? Do you need to be rich to have free time? Is having lots of money and lots of free time really the same thing?

A couple of facts. The world is warming fast. Unspoiled habitat is disappearing fast. Most of the people in the world live in poverty. Animals and plants are going extinct at rates not experienced on the planet since the demise of the dinosaurs. So this begs the question, if the over-heated world economy (hot in so many ways) is it what we really want, does that mean that we, effectively, fail to care about the environmental systems that support life?

What a mess. It really is time that we woke up to what is real. But how do we do this? Obviously voting doesn’t really mean anything. The US is still mired in endless wars in the Middle East. Our economy is teetering. The planet is dying … oh boy.

But, with it all, beauty calls out to us. We know what it’s saying. We know what living in balance means. What we don’t seem to know is how to actually “do” it. Do we just sit on the side lines in silent satori? Do we just say “hey it’s just the play of consciousness.”?

Could we be living in a time when we have just lost direction and that there is nothing we can do but just continue playing the game of survival?

What do you think?


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