Thursday, May 14, 2009

An Opposing Argument

An article in the current New York Magazine reflects the communal response to economic crises (like our current one and The Great Depression), and what should be happening now, and points out where it is happening, but as in my previous post, we're not seeing it to the needed and necessary scale that we did in times past, and we're not seeing it across the board as did in previous economic downturns.

The article is uplifting in its idealism, but its faults lie in the fact that so many people's problems are not going away because they do not have jobs. Volunteering is great, if there's a pot of gold at the end of the unselfish rainbow. But for so many, there isn't...there's a foreclosure, or a medical crisis, or a relocation into grandma and grandpa's social security-funded basement to ride out the economic storm like a hurricane. What a way for the Pepsi Generation and Generation X to go down...not in flames, but in hiding. Shame of those that careened the economy off a cliff, driving it full speed in oblivion. There perhaps will never be justice on those that caused it, and others will continue to be glorified for improvements after the downtown, though they caused the initial plunge.

Here's a link to the article:

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