Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Gambling with Our Futures

Speculators are hedging their bets, playing both sides. They will make money if the market goes up or the market drops. It's all a game to those with big money. One man's misfortune is another mans opportunity. What a glorious time to buy a foreclosed property, scoop up someones dream and cash it into living a life without having to really work (flip this house). I guess thats the way of the world, do your best and let the chips fall where they may. Maybe you will come out ahead, or maybe you too, will lose. Nothing ventured nothing gained. Playing it safe will only get you so far. The world keeps turning whether we are on it or we fall off.
The recent mortgage meltdown is part and parcel of the greater weakness of humankind. Greed and the fear of being left behind have pushed many to gamble with their futures. This gambling is similar to going to a casino, picking stocks, or buying into get rich-quick schemes. I believe capitalism can always cure itself within the markets, market forces, and supply and demand. As long as lying and shysterism are not prevalent. I see a lot of people out there with a lot of money to throw around (fancy cars, fancy rims, jewelry, lifestyles, and hedonism abounds), and when we are all talking about and fearing the next recession it rings a little hollow. The economy breathes and sometimes it is quite necessary to slow down the growth so prices remain in check. Like the price per barrel of oil dropping over 10$ a barrel the last few days, hallelujah! And will that translate to the pump?!? Wherein abides a wealth of disposable income. Maybe worldwide recession can destroy jihadists and their petrowealth. And the real estate prices coming back down to earth will help the next generation of new homeowners to afford the American dream. But politicians butting in and monkeying with the free market always prolongs and protracts these troubles.
The dog eat dog nature of life wears me down from time to time, and I have to find a way to recharge my batteries. Friends and prayers are the answers. We all seek to stay sane and filled with the Holy Spirit, God renews us as we draw toward his perpetual grace. As long as we stay alive we will have to withstand the fiery darts of the enemy. No stranger cares if you give up and give in. Standing strong strengthens ourselves and anyone who is near enough to witness the power of the Spirit in action. We can be a good example and inspiration, even as we are battling through the desert of hopelessness.
Don't give up without a fight.

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