Monday, October 13, 2008

chasing our effects...

Whew!

That's all I can say.

The percieved or perceptual speed of events and news today is at a point where it's almost instantaneous. According to the press (because how can you really know) we have been going through some tremendous financial crises, catastrophe, panic...whatever...How does a person keep up?

Just a week ago we were talking about a revote on a bailout that had, just 4 days before, been rejected, that 20 days before was the biggest news around.

Well it's like the bailout is old news now. Somehow the whole world is involved, embroiled, embattled in this. As far as I can tell the "bailout" was the wrong idea...that's what people are now saying...it's now about injecting cash directly into the banks - in essence nationalizing the banks...

I don't know if it's possible for even a diligent person to keep up with what is happening. It seems out of control and the only defense I have to that is that I am sitting in my dining room looking out a peak foliage, a warm wood fire crackling nearby and mellow Tribe Called Quest in the background -

Why has government become so big? What have we, as citizens, so willingly abdigated our responsibility to this huge beaurocracy? I know we are getting what we deserve but I still think about why -

Is it just because the human spirit, once depressed, once familiar with the yoke of control, yearns to be dictated to, told what to do and provided for? It's a shameful and dirty thought - dirty like lazy, like giving up...

Just the other day I wrote an article for my local paper about calling your representatives in congress and voicing your opinion about the bailout...the piece is already irrelevant because "things" move so fast. And when i write my next piece it may well find itself irrelevant as well if I don't take care to focus the subject on something larger than the effects...and I think that's the key...

Don't focus on the effects. Because when you focus on the effects you will never get to the problems and that's why things seem like they are moving so fast...we continue to chase our effects and even when we catch them...we don't eliminate them.

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