During money bubbles (â€œGilded Agesâ€), there are certain sorts of â€œmind-setsâ€ toward the world, and (every/any) oneâ€™s sense of future. What seems obvious or natural during such times â€“ attitudes toward the world, judgments of what and who are the best and most successful people â€“ flows in the direction of big power and big money being the proper ways of the world.
We are (about to enter 2009), just emerging from a money bubble. The bottom is dropping out of the economy all around the world â€“ interlaced as we have become during the past 50 years or so. This gilded age has been enabled by the great rise in technological innovations, which have refocused much of our experienced world, and opened the entire globe to our thoughts and interactions.
Some aspects of the money bubble sort of mentality, which hover upon our thoughts:
Fame is really good! Money and power direct themselves to the precious few, while the rest of us think this is the natural way of the world as we try to play along with the world and people we see, and often admire or even adore. (I want a BMW to park in front of my mega-mansion!) The people who â€œrunâ€ the risen economy â€œdeserveâ€ all they can siphon from their merged corporations. Students go to college less for an education, more for a credential which will ensure their future success (and a BMWâ€¦maybe a Jaguar as they mature). This state is the proper/natural state of the world, and will go on and onâ€¦! We are all independent individuals â€“ the government should stay out of our lives. I am motivated to succeedâ€¦and willâ€¦to. Read the rest of this entry »