Humans are part of the universe, not its masters. … the interrelatedness of all things, as expressed in Buddhism, is also lived in the tradtions of indigenous peoples… Sulak Sivaraksa
This is in an article on Huffington Post, “Buddhism and the End of Economic Growth”. The article discussed causes of our current economic malaise. It was an out-of-the-box way of looking at things.
It got me to wondering what will happen if we have a recession that lasts as long as, say, Japan’s has lasted. Japan’s has been going on for many years and continues.
Republican McCain was defeated by Obama as the economy deteriorated. Suppose President Obama is defeated because of a poor economy. We would expect the new Republican President and Republican Congress to impliment the reforms they believe will improve things. But, what if they don’t help at all? Four years and they are out again.
It seems possible the public might slowly conclude, “You know, nothing the Federal Government does improves things. Nothing I do, myself, improves my circumstances. Maybe this is the way it’s going to be for my lifetime and that of my grandchildren.”
Would we change the way we think? For example, if nothing in the U. S. was “exceptional” any more, would we retain our religiously based view of “American Exceptionalism”?
Would we like going to the mall if we couldn’t by much there? Would we look more, or less, to our faith?
Christianty has always adjusted to its circumstances. Maybe it would borrow just a bit from the Buddha.
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