Let’s be realistic, if we all started doing those things and more on a mass scale, we could probably be assured of driving the economy into a collapse. We need to apply common sense and yet still be realistically attentive to what’s going on around us. If you think about the tough times in our history and in your life the solution was almost always community support based. Only when we join forces and pull together are we at our strongest. Supporting our local economy keeps locals working and it keeps the dollars flowing in our communities and creates jobs. Hiding money under the porch or in your mattress removes it from circulation and deadens its affect on keeping the economy flowing.
America was built on optimism and the hope of a better and free future. Our ancestors didn’t travel here without taking risks and none made it solely on their own. No society lasts forever but we shouldn’t be so anxious to assume our demise is imminent. Optimism, teamwork, disciplined ethics and hard work in building a strong nation are to me a far better solution than thinking I can survive on my own while the nation and world collapses around me. We do need to change some of our ways but the key is collectively recognizing our strengths, acknowledging that we all need to make sacrifices and focusing more energy on building our collective resources and what each of can do to meet the common good for all.
President Kennedy said it all when he said, “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.” Our good days are not behind us, but we certainly took for granted the path that those before us had to travel to get us to those good days. In my opinion, we can either return to the values that made us a nation envied by the world and take the lead in returning the world back to a stable economy or we can selfishly look to protect our own personal interest by hording and demanding far more than we need or in some cases deserve, while not heeding the large, neon flashing signs of danger and decline as we travel past them thinking only of ourselves.
Dan Alexander is publisher and CEO of Denton Publications. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org