Everything sublime is as difficult as it is rare. Baruch Spinoza

Saturday, September 27, 2008

The Today Show Provoking Thought, Who'da Guessed

I watched the Today Show yesterday morning while Matt Lauer was discussing the economy with a group of 'experts'. There was the usual inane prattle, but when he asked a marketplace observer about what the investment banking mess and eventual bail out of said fat-cats would mean for the holiday shopping season I actually had my brain poked by the Today Show!
I wonder, when did we turn into a hyper-consuming nation? At what point in our history did we move from a production based economy to a consumer/credit based economy? I know it''s been in fast-forward for at least ten years but when did the seed get planted that developed into the giant mall economy?
Remember after September 11, 2001 when we were all told to go shopping. These last few days I have thought about that. What a strange thing to say. 
Anyway, I don't know when it started to happen, but I am actively aware that it did because of a talking head on a entertainment program that masquerades as news! You know, I'm busy enough that one would think I wouldn't have so much time on my hands to allow me so many musings.


  1. Interesting points. I find that I 'muse' best when I am bus with my hands doing hard work. That must be your best way to settle into your thoughts and come up with so many ideas about so many things : )


  2. That must be it, busy hands and an idle mind! Isn't there a saying, something like "An idle mind is the devil's workshop." : )


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