By Kenneth Justice
~ Whether you live in London, New York, Athens, or Rome…..there is one truth we can’t deny; $100 just isn’t worth very much anymore.
The purchasing power of the dollar, the pound, and the Euro has been drastically reduced compared to yesteryear……
–) Crazy economics
–) Poor government management
–) Corporate greed
–) Out-of-control spending
There are a variety of things we could point to in search of a reason why our money is worth so much less than it used to be worth.
But we all feel it when we go to the grocery store and it we can see firsthand how much less we can buy with $100.
But what can any of us do?
When so many of us are out of work, working a dead-end-job, working at a career where our salary is fixed……there are so many of us who don’t see an end to the economic blight we feel on a daily basis.
And so some of us dream…..we dream of winning the lottery, suddenly being given a fortune, or simply dreaming about a better life…..
But unfortunately; dreams don’t change our life….unless we make our dreams come true.
One of the realities I’ve had to face in my life is that nobody is going to drop into my life and give me all I’ve ever wanted. If I want to see my dreams come to fruition I’m going to have to pursue them myself; I have to put into action the necessary steps that need to take place.
Hey, I’m not trying to let the people off the hook who’ve ruined our economies; I wish I could push a button and hold the people accountable who are responsible for the various ills that have befallen society like the housing bubble that burst in 2008, the ridiculous hedge fund betting that took place in Europe and the U.S. during the 1990’s and 200’s, and the poor government leaders from numerous countries.
Unfortunately, I don’t have the power to hold all of these people to task; I can complain, I can bitch about it, I can write about the injustice they are guilty of…..but at some point I’ve got to figure out a solution for my life……because there isn’t anybody at the top looking out for me.
I’m neither a liberal nor a conservative when it comes to the economic problem; I’m a realist. The reality of the situation is that millions of us throughout the Western World feel like life sucks….and for many of us it’s not just a ‘feeling’….it is reality.
But at a certain point it is up to you and me to begin doing things different. We must be careful not to be become paralyzed by fixating on faults of others; yes there are people at fault for how we got to where we are…..but if we want to see things change we must make that change occur.
I live in a part of the U.S. with the largest concentration of Arabs outside of the Middle East. One of the things I really admire about these Arab Americans is the way they work together; families pool their money and resources together and purchase houses, start businesses, and help each other out. Though they may have to temporarily live together in the same house; it is only until they have saved up enough money to buy houses and automobiles for everyone.
Arab-Americans tend to take care of each other and I really admire that about them.
But why don’t the rest of us do this?
–) It’s difficult to start a business by yourself….so why don’t groups of us come together to start businesses?
–) It’s difficult to start a money-making Website by yourself…..so why don’t groups of us come together to start one?
Why don’t more of us work together to change our lives?
–) I want to see positive change occur
–) I want to see people’s lives improve
–) I want to see people start new businesses
And the longer I think about these things the more I realize that there are no government’s around the world that are willing to help us. There are no banks out there willing to finance small business ventures. Gone are the days when a bank would dish out small business loan to someone with a great business idea. Now-a-days, if you aren’t already successful and have a good bankroll in your pocket, then you’re not going to find a bank that is willing to help you.
So what do you think?
Am I wrong? Am I being idealistic?
I think I need another coffee,
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