Sunday, November 19, 2006

Less is more.

Entry for Wednesday 7 December, 2005

My brain is not functioning at the moment. I really can't think of anything to write today. Iraq has been much in the news of late, the cold temperatures and the rising price of natural gas and heating oil, and of course the public's realization that FEMA (or any government agency) is never going to be able to move quickly enough in any sort of real emergency to do any immediate good, and so on. All this is old news. It seems as if the world has pretty much decided to take a break until after the holidays. One news report mentioned that more and more companies are ditching pensions for their employees and health insurance, but that should not be a surprise to anyone who has been paying attention.

There was one annoying ruling today - the Supreme Court ruled that banks can steal a disabled person's social security money to pay back old student loans. This ruling is not unexpected either - clearly the banks have bought and paid-for Congress, as the latest bankruptcy legislation clearly shows - but it should be disturbing. This sets a very nasty precedent. Now bank's profits are more important than food or medicine for the elderly and disabled, and widows and orphans. If that doesn't tell you that the economy is on the verge of collapse, then nothing will. An industry that steals from even those on social security is either so convinced of their absolute power that they aren't worried about what people will think about this abhorrent practice, or they are so desperate for funds that they will stoop to any degrading low in order to shore up their already doctored books. Either way there is something seriously wrong here, class. You should run, not walk, to a credit union if you have even the flimsiest qualification for doing so. The banking industry has clearly abandoned whatever shred of morality they might have had.

I urge you not to spend one dime of borrowed credit for holiday gifts this year. It's time to downsize this monster, at least as a starting point for larger strategies. Sit down and think hard about what is important to you - what values you want to be reflected in your life. I'll bet when you get right down to it, unless you are incredibly shallow and insecure, that the rat race of the holiday party and gift competition has absolutely nothing in common with what you really want you life to contain.

Simplify your life, class. Time to de-clutter, both figuratively and literally. And just in time for the new year resolutions, as a bonus, along with the usual "lose 20 pounds." I have a sneaky suspicion that doing the former might just help the latter, come to think of it. Less is more.

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