What the crisis wants from us
The crisis today affects the human psyche often in unexpected and unnoticeable ways. We ask ourselves when it will end, but we rarely pay attention to its negative effects on us. We are aware that it changed many things, but we are unaware or unwilling to admit that our core values and principles are fundamentally shaken, so that we can't pass our own integrity tests.
In such moments we fall into the trap to think and act like the majority, because it can't be wrong. For example, if most people around us are depressed, we are much more likely to become depressed too without a conscious effort to oppose that tendency. In a sense, we experience a Mexican wave of infecting mood movement around the globe, being enslaved by the negative news we watch and hear daily after we wake up, because of some research that claimed years ago that good news don't grab our attention efficiently enough.
To me the so called "financial crisis" is a trust crisis. Economically weaker nations have progressed slower due to the lack of trust between their people. Therefore much less business was made and much less opportunities arose. The sheer inability of people to trust each other did harm to their economy. Looking at the global economy, we see effects, which we still mistakenly interpret as problem causes that can be solved through financial injections.
We often don't notice how we are working for the machine that controls us. Suddenly, people who received their millions in the past start to convince us, that spending is inappropriate. Countries, whose citizens always had good access to credits and had an artificially higher standard, suddenly became even more credits, which they continue to waste, while people in much poorer countries struggle for their survival. That alone is enough to further decrease the levels of trust.
One thing is sure: the new conditions force us to take hasty decisions under high stress that are usually wrong. We also blindly concentrate on cutting costs, when we should be investigating ways to earn more.
Here are some of the things the crisis wants from us:
- To stay up earlier and work until midnight
- To save on everything (even on essential goods)
- To cut on traveling, eye-to-eye communication and fun
- To postpone things, ideas or projects, because they won't bring much profits now
- To merge companies in larger entities to increase their survival chances
- To not marry or have children, because of the uncertain future
- To forcefully find an unsuitable job with a bad employer just to make that living
- To occupy more of our "brain time" on things that we can't change
All of these are compromises with our quality of life. And when it declines, the Maslow's hierarchy explains why prosperity will be much harder. We can't expect from hungry people to innovate. Only they can determine what the word "crisis" means, not the person who can't afford an overpriced home.
So live your life fully by your own standards, because it's your only one and you can't afford to never start living, waiting for the bright future to come. Let the poor millionaires save on their own lives.