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Cali415
Cali415
Etats Unis

Is our country Depressed?

Maybe it's just me. But it seems like everyone I have talked to lately (close friends and loved ones) are going through some tough struggles. Many of them are related to financial issues due to the down fall of the housing market, layoffs and even high gas prices. Is this just our economics? Or is this a reflection on our spiritual and emotional health as well? Many of my friends are struggling with bad news lately. Maybe this is just one of those "tough times" but I feel like our country in general is going through depression financially and emotionally as well. Of course, they have a strong correlation especially since finance problems equal more stress. The reality of life can be a harsh ride, but I think we all need a little more hope and love to survive this storm together...

Priceless and pennyless

As a student, I am overwhelmed by the debt I'm accumulating. It is incredibly scary to think of the cost of my education and the shakiness of the job market. But I know that I would never give up my education for any stress-free and financially secure life. As a young woman, I know I have to invest in myself because who else will? I may not get the return on investment that I hope, but at least I'll be able to think.

Going it alone...

I admire women like Renee who stand up for the importance of investing in themselves...this is indeed priceless! What strikes me as worrysome, though, is the mentality that, in America, we have to figure everything out for ourselves, including how to make ends meet and afford basic necessities. Politicians tell us things like "we are one nation" and that we "should have to choose between buying food and medicine" but, in the end, they (Republicans and Democrats, too) all tout the same damaging rhetoric of individual responsibility, which we seem to be exporting to the rest of the world. The only antidote to a depressed economy is a paradigm shift.

Tamera Jane
Tamera Jane
Etats Unis

I agree, but feel it speaks to a need to realign our priorities and the way we measure success. When we step outside the capitalist structure, lessen our consumption, and work together to create sustainable living situations with our families, our friends, and our communities, we create a new system of support that is deeply needed in today's society. Instead of feeling flattened by a system that doesn't serve our emotional needs as humans, why not work to create one that does?

Jane Whitfield
Jane Whitfield
Etats Unis

I believe that each of us needs to put more emphasis on creating a life that has meaning and positive impact. As a culture, we have spent too much time thinking of our financial success as a representation of our personal happiness. This could not be farther from the truth, as the old saying "money does not buy happiness" states. When we let go of our expectations around personal wealth, we open ourselves up to other sources of joy.

dkline
Etats Unis

Things haven't improved much

Three years hence and the malaise continues. I believe we have been witnessing the beginning of the end of the United States' dominance in the world. We have aboandoned our moral obligations to the least among us and we have relinquished our grasp on reality and our feeling of oneness. While at the same time we have eroded our moral standards in search of higher and higher corporate profits. And sadly, I think the developing world is following our lead.

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