I’ve been entering into discussions lately about solutions to the problems that we in the western world face as a result of greed and corruption.
One solution I present is that we voice our concerns with how we choose to spend our money. To be very selective about the things that we purchase, by purchasing used durable goods rather than new (thus eliminating our tax burden, and helping a fellow citizen who needs the cash), and make spending on frivolous items less of a priority. This would cause our leadership to necessarily re-evaluate the ways in which they spend our money.
Yesterday an astute older gentleman brought up the point that what I was suggesting would crash the economy. You know, I just hadn’t thought of that before, you’re right, old man, it would crash the economy! Duh, how could I be so obtuse to not be able to see that angle?
Right? So I told him, “Hey look, we can do it OUR way, or we can do it the hard way, and I guarantee you don’t want your grandchildren to have to do it the hard way. Hear me now, listen to me later!” He stopped to ponder.
We continued the discussion for about 45 minutes, and the old man took on a greatly different tone and tack with regard to the information we exchanged from that point forward. I quoted Jackson, Eisenhower, Kennedy and their warnings, and asked him if he sincerely believed that these presidents were ‘conspiracy theorists.’ We discussed the inception of the Federal Reserve, and the central banking system in general, fractional reserve lending and it’s fallacy. We talked about this current economic paradigm and it’s history – how every iteration of this system has failed in the same way. We talked about the inverse square law, and why it’s the reason that speed kills. The exponential function and it’s implications with regard to credit spending. I told him that if someone has to advertise a product to entice you to buy it, it’s probably something you don’t really need.
In the end, I really believe that it was the idea that even though he’ll probably be gone, his two grand-daughters would be left in the world he failed to improve upon in his lifetime. The old adage that eternity does not belong to us, that all we have is here and now may be true, but love is eternal, and is passed down. Or not.