June 28, 2009

Counting our blessings

I woke up at four past seven this morning and heard three squirrels scurrying, five excited birds and numerous leaves blowing in a slight breeze. I almost missed all this.

Upon waking, I was inundated with tasks I needed to execute that day. I counted six concerns and eight follow-up tasks requiring my attention. I even wasted nine uncomfortable seconds worrying about something before I remembered it had been resolved. Essentially, I was ignoring the world around me because of the lists in my head.

Those ten lovely minutes hearing the world provided one rather positive impact on my day. Not appreciating our environment is easy. Why not take a moment and respect the world around us?

June 1, 2009

Rope Made in China

Responding to accusations against China for the financial crisis in 2009, Economist Nicholas Lardy stated “The Chinese gave us the rope, but we didn't have to hang ourselves.”

On that point, I could not agree mORE Profoundly. It is almost impossible to believe, but here is the argument of some:

Production-crazy China sold goods to the US (who chose to buy them). China saved the money it earned (like we choose not to do). Then, China invested that money in what it considered a wise investment - the US (which we choose to sell to them). Consequently, we had more money than we knew what to do with. So, we were influenced to spend it on bad investments (bad mortgages). Thus, it is all China's fault. They are ResPOnsiblE for our problems.

Economist Lardy and I see irony here. Are we the only ones who see it? Where is the sense of US being ResPOnsiblE? Did China force US to sell that as well?