Click on, REM - "It's the end of the world as we know it...but I feel fine." Sure my stocks are underwater in most cases, but so is every one (except for those elites who got bailed out). Sure, George Bush has made a mess out of just about everything he has touched, but at least we have some hope in Obama. Turns out it takes an economic downturn to help us re-learn what's really important.
Without George Bush, I'm quite certain, there would be no room for Barak Obama to win the election. Indeed, Chris Rock is right in that category. Certainly, the economic engine has been consumerism for a great long while, but from the "Me" generation spawned by Reagan to the wacky notion that the only sacrifice we would need to make to get through Nine Eleven would be to go out and shop, we have learned that it's not what we buy, but what we make that is more important. Worth and value are determined not by how cheaply you can get junk from China, but what you make of what you have right in front of your nose.
In the end, what's really important in life doesn't cost money. It's friends, family and the biggest ROI - hugs for and from small children. Being together, no matter what, and helping each other through these troubled times will be the measure of who we are, not the situation we're in caused by inept leadership. Certainly, as MKL Jr. used to stipulate, it's not what we do when things are good that are the measure of who we are, it's what we do when the chips are down that are the hallmark of our humanity.
Toward that end, here's an interesting project to become involved and a part of the solution rather than contributing to problem. This is something I say a great deal, "When you find yourself in a hole, stop digging. Begin constructing a ladder to get yourself out."
Adios 2008, and a Happy New Year to you all. Aught Nine has to be much better than aught eight as we are certainly scrapping the bottom of that hole as of late.
Blog on friends, blog on all.