Americans like perpetual growth. It is in our DNA. However, after several decades of breathtaking economic expansion fueled in large part by easy money from illegitimate credit that has devalued the American Dollar, and federal spending that has the country on the verge of bankruptcy, many of us are starting to realize that living beyond our means is bad for the spirit. I wrote this on my self-improvement blog last year:
We live in a complicated world that seems to be getting more complex by the day. A lot of us feel overwhelmed by all of the choices and stimuli that bombard our senses every day. While we say we love choice, many of us have difficulty with it, and in turn take on too much stuff and engage in too many activities. It can lead to a sense of helplessness.
I recommend that people engage in a weekly ritual of deconstruction in order to simplify their lives. Take some time every week to clean your psychological house from excess worry, negativity, or guilt. Make physical changes to simplify your home and office. Be sure that you are dedicating your energies to the people that matter to you by doing a relational inventory. Most of us are responding to squeaky wheels rather than prioritizing healthy relationships. If you engage in this ritual regularly, you will find that you can clear out some nagativity and leave more energy for happiness.
Congressman Ron Paul wants us to apply this personal cleansing ritual systemically. Our American system is too complex, too inefficient, too litigious, too bureaucratic, too regulated, and too centrally managed. This is because all human systems move in the direction of greater complexity and increasing central planning as they mature. Without vigilance, most systems will self-destruct under the weight of their own complexity.
As our system has moved in the direction of central planning and complexity, individual Americans have become entitled, fat, greedy, consumerist, depressed, and anxious and unless something changes dramatically, many people believe America may be on the verge of self-destruction. Consequently, it may be time for a robust housecleaning.
Ron Paul understands what we need, and like a concerned father figure, he is ringing the bell for a systemic housecleaning. It scares us because we know it will be hard. However, more people are starting to accept the notion that serious reform is the only option if we are to avoid even more pain down the road. We have reached the end of the line.