There has been lots of talk about our latest economic crisis being the worst since the Great Depression. Is that the truth? Or was that just political fear mongering in the midst of a tight presidential election?
There are no doubt many signs that our economy is in crisis and probably getting worse before it gets better. But just how bad is it? “Great Depression” bad?
Video game and system sales have been breaking records in the month of October. A week ago lines were wrapped around stores hundreds of people long to be the first in line to get the new Blackberry Storm. I’m sure that long, agonizing wait must have been torturous for those poor Americans – having to wait outside for so long to get their Blackberry Storms. Surely this is how they felt waiting in line at soup kitchens during the Great Depression. Not.
Oh, what the Greatest Generation must be thinking of us now! They must feel how a parent feels when their 13-yr old kid whines to them, “My life is so hard and stressful and busy…you couldn’t possibly understand.”
But I thought our generation was supposed to be the enlightened ones, right? Granny ain’t got nothing on me and my iPod Touch. Yeah, right.
So is this really another Great Depression? Is it that bad? Maybe it is. Or maybe we’re not there quite yet. Actually, I think it’s worse.
Yes, many people are losing their jobs, the stock market is at record lows, and our entire financial system is on the verge of utter ruin. But we can make it through that stuff. We help each other out. We pass out some food. And with some time and a lot of hard work, we not only make it through, but we become better and stronger for it. That’s what happened in the Great Depression.
The problems we have now are much, much worse. I’m afraid that there are many Americans today that would choose the Blackberry Storm over the blackberry pie even if they were starving to death.
On Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, a man was killed when a crowd of 2000 people broke down the doors to a Wal-Mart at 5am and trampled him to death. It brings a whole new (and darker) meaning to the phrase “killer bargain.”
Such is our obsession with stuff. We are so sick that we’ve twisted one of the greatest traditions we have – giving – into a way to support our addiction to more and more stuff.
We aren’t maybe heading into a depression – we’re in one. And the economic depression to come is only a symptom of the greater moral depression we’ve been sinking into for awhile now.
It’s sad how it takes the threat of losing our stuff for us to realize our addiction to it. Like how it often takes an addict overdosing and killing themselves before anyone realizes the person even had a problem in the first place.
Our country killed 1.3 million babies in the womb last year alone (our planet killed about 46 million – just last year). 40-50% of marriages are ending in divorce. 40% of babies are born out of wedlock. Well over 50% of Americans think that sex outside of marriage is OK. 20% commit adultery. Pornography is rivaling baseball as our favorite national past-time. Further efforts to undermine the family by redefining marriage are wildly popular and borderline majorities in some states. The Family structure and the most innocent humans among us are under attack.
And we wonder why we have so many broken homes?
And then we wonder why we have people that grow up and don’t know how to truly love themselves, much less somebody else?
And then we wonder why we have teen pregnancies? And drug abuse? And depression?
And we wonder why we have poor people that can’t afford to feed themselves, who go on to build broken families of their own?
And then we wonder why we have people so scared and so confused that they will kill the human life living inside of them – their own son or daughter?
And then we wonder why these greedy, powerful people that we’ve created, enabled, and encouraged to put money first don’t have our best interests at heart? And we sit back and pull splinters out of their eyes, too blind to see the plank in our own.
And instead of seeing what we’ve done wrong, we point fingers. Or worse, instead of rejecting our vices we victimize ourselves in the name of some new disease or disorder. And we deal with the symptoms by throwing medication, birth control, or government handouts at it. But all of that is just enough to put a suit and tie on the addict and dress him up for work tomorrow – ready to fool the world for one more day.
We are in the midst of a Great Moral Depression. This economic crisis is but a side-effect of a much deeper problem. And unless we address the issues at the root, we will continue to mistake fleeting happiness for genuine joy.
Will it take an overdose before we finally get it? Will we kill ourselves first? Maybe “911″ should start accepting txt messages.