Michael Kinsley has succinctly pointed out the very economic dilemma we now face. Every news story about the economy points out how bad things are, how "consumer confidence" is low, and that means a poor Christmas shopping season, and so on ,and so on. . .
Don't get me wrong. I don't want anyone to lose their jobs (OK, I'm not crying for the outgoing administration . . .). I especially want the small local retailers, like my church members who rely on a good Christmas season to make it through the year, to survive this crisis.
And yet, and yet. . . I go into a consignment store and see tons of perfectly good stuff. Why buy new? I look around at the amount of stuff we throw out and think, is this really necessary? I think ahead to the Christmas season and get much more excited about making something with my kids than simply buying something in order to "check someone off my list."
It seems that this crisis, like the high gas prices we saw a couple months ago, are such an opportunity to examine ourselves and start living thoughtfully. Will we miss it?