posted on Jan, 6 2010 @ 01:02 AM
OK, fellow doom-and-gloomers, here's a challenge for us all: let's brainstorm some POSITIVE aspects to a lengthy moribund economy -- if any.
Let's assume that the economy (wherever you happen to be living) isn't going to improve significantly for awhile. Not this year, not next year.
Maybe in 5 years. Maybe in 10 years. Heck, the Japanese economy has been rotting for TWENTY YEARS NOW. December 29 was the twenty-year anniversry of
the all-time Nikkei high: 38,957.44. As of this writing, its at 10,731.45. So long-term malaise is possible.
And things could get even worse.
So....with this in mind, can we think of any positive possible aspects to this?
For example, imagine a return to a more community-centered, less materialistic lifestyle. I'm not talking North Korea here...I mean something like
the US/European standard of living in the 50s, say. That was a much more spartan world. People on the whole dressed nicely, interacted more politely,
were more physically fit. People did more with their hands, moved around more, had a positive attitude about themselves even if they weren't
millionaires. The family was stronger, both nuclear and extended. People spent less money on plastic crap and spent more time reading in libraries.
And so on.
I'm not saying life in the 50s was perfect (far from it). Nor am I saying a poorer world is a better world (far from it). Japan as a whole cannot be
said to be a happier, healthier society than it was in the 1980s. But then again, perhaps, neither can America...despite the fact that the economy has
had several strong booms since then. All I want to do with this thread is open a crack to let in a sliver of light in what might be dark days ahead.
It's mentally healthy for all of us cranky pessimists (which I know I certainly am).