So many people are facing poverty right now. I know I'm not the only one. I'm fairly used to living hand-to-mouth, but many people now, who have worked hard (middle class, upper middle class, etc) are now facing losing everything they have worked for. Our gov't systems to help people in poverty are overloaded and the gov't is taking money from these systems (as well as education, health and welfare, etc) which only burdens the system further and leaves less to handle more. People who have never lived this way are freaking out, and with good reason. They don't know what to do, and are facing major losses at the same time. (I have hella less to lose!) I'm thinking, there must be some spiritual/moral lessons in this somewhere - especially in the US. which is like the land of power and greed. Maybe social lessons, such as working to help one another, working together - the whole thing now about how families are having to go back to extended rather than nuclear, etc. etc. Thinking more locally, rather than globally. Whatnot. Am I nuts to think that perhaps the lesson that I've been supposed to be working on all of my life could be actually being less greedy/materialistic and perhaps just giving up all of this that drives me nuts anyhow, and get back to basics? Maybe being able to help those who haven't been in the situations I have to learn to survive them? Not on the internet, but I mean personally. We're supposed to be helping one another - and if there's any time to be doing it, it should be now. Am I just an insane idealist? :hippy: I have to make these things mean something. Discuss.