I’ve spent the wee talking about just some of the less-obvious things, actions and people I hate “in this economy.” So what do I think people should be doing about it? For me, the answers seem fairly straightforward:
Shut up about it already
“You won’t BELIEVE
what I heard this morning about the bailouts!”
No actually, I will believe it. Because I heard it too. See, I read the news, check CNN, watch TV and live video feeds, catch up on articles on my iPhone. I probably know as much about the next Big Crisis as you do. Or at the very least, I know all I want to know. So please, quit assuming I’m an illiterate doof, and stop expecting me to act surprised.
Worry about your own situation
Critiquing the lives of Bernie Madoff and AIG
execs, and then having loud YouTube fits is actually kinda making things worse. Our congressional leaders, unfortauntely, are more concerned about camera whoring than they are about actually finding a sustainable fix to this mess, and so they’re passing knee-jerk solutions
to media-manufactured problems that have no overall useful benefit. Chances are, whether some corporate Fat Cat gets a million dollars in bonuses or not isn’t ultimately going to affect your paycheck at the end of the week. Ignoring how good or bad your personal situation is because you’re too busy making your opinion heard is probably going to have a bigger impact.
So, consider this: we all get it. You’re pissed off. We’re all pissed off, and life sucks. Get over it, and get busy finding ways to make your life a little better.
Keep your job, find a job, or find a better job
In keeping with point #2, if you’re laid off and indignant about it, go focus that indignation on finding a new job. In the meantime, there’s a good, productive guide to surviving a layoff that might help you out.
In the meantime, consider the following: you might find it useful to vent at banks and large corporations getting handouts now, but don’t make an ass of yourself over it. No one wants to see that. Besides, some of these very faceless corproations you’re having a fit over now might very well be signing your paycheck in the coming months. Won’t that be embarrassing?
Calm down and be rational
This needs to be economic mantra way more than “where’s my bailout?” The economy isn’t going to get better if we automatically assume someone else is going to take care of us. Not to mention, a lot of people are doing some pretty irrational things and assuming their situation is a lot worse than it is… sometimes begetting self-fulfilling prophecies.
The economy is based on psychological constructs, and thus it crashed almost solely because people panicked. Oil is till oil. Food is still food. Cars are still cars. Money is still money. And yet, people perceive needing more or less of things. And this is the ONLY reason why prices or demand for them have gone drastically up or down over the past year.
People still need, food, oil, houses, cars, and money. People will still be needed in some capacity to make, sell, and fix these things. Things will get better. It’ll just take longer if we continue to refuse to acknowledge it.