I have to rant - bear with me. Among many of the frustrating and infuriating elements of our current economic crisis (is that a bit euphemistic?), one thing has us really pulling our hair out. Let me preface this by saying that we strongly believe in personal responsibility - we all make choices for which we are held accountable. No arguments in this arena. What is driving us crazy is the politicians and talking heads shaming people for over-consuming. Isn't consumerism the (pathetic) basis of our entire economy and American way of life Aren't we commonly and coldly referred to as consumers? As if that is not enough, while people are being berated for not saving more and not making smarter financial decisions, we are also being told the economy is largely suffering because we are not consuming enough! How about that catch-22. It's as if the government and proxy-government (corporations) have cooked an elaborate meal, sat us all down at the table, insisted that we eat more than we possibly need to and then berated us for all being fat.
I just hope that this crisis - while unbelievably painful for so many people - creates some space in peoples lives and allows them to see the larger truth. We have got to think for ourselves, we have to ask more questions and we have got to stop believing everything we are told.