Friday, March 13, 2009

Be Like Morpheus

Normally, I don't blog about the news, but something I saw today on the Internet prompted me to provide my unabashed, totally subjective commentary. It's about the old enemy we can't ever seem to shake: FEAR.

Larry Summers, the top gun of economic advisors to our President came out today with one clear message to the American public: STOP BEING AFRAID. Yes, corporate greed, numbskull banks, and overzealous spenders got us into this mess, but our own rampant fear is keeping us in it. Mr. Summers said what I have been saying for weeks (but no one from any of the news organizations was around to capture my pearls of wisdom): we are exacerbating the recession by moving into a full-blown tizzy. We swung like a 70s dude with seventeen gold chains at Studio 54 from blind greed to paralyzing fear in a New York Stock Exchange Minute. Everywhere we turn, people are afraid...afraid to lose their jobs, afraid that we'll never get out of this disaster, afraid that life as we knew it is dead and gone. This fear has had a negative effect on the recovery effort, but more importantly, it has had a negative effect on our health and well-being. In case you haven't noticed, we are falling apart, folks.


You know deep in your heart that this too shall pass. This dark period of our economic cycle will undoubtedly bounce back, and we'll be buying TiVo's and going out to dinner again. Why not start acting like the recovery is already happening? Why not be a way-shower and start to operate from a place of optimism instead of panic? Why not turn off the media's blah-blah-blah that is permeating you with doom and gloom? Why not be at the forefront of the recovery effort? Each one of us can shift our attitudes; all it takes is the willingness to let go of our own fear.

Please please please...For yourself, for your family, for me, for our country, and for the world, stop running on the Fear Machine and have the balls to jump on to the Positive, Can-Do, We-Rock Machine.

Because we really CAN do it; it's up to us to actually DO it.

Let's do it NOW.


For your consideration and/or comment:

What can you do personally to help fight against the collective fear program?


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