Wow - somebody must have had some sense of urgency to break this golden egg. I hope they left the goose that laid it intact!
Times like these certainly show what material people are made of. Were you surprised that the Wall Street bailout package wasn't passed yesterday? At the risk of sounding a bit jaded I wasn't completely caught off guard - there has been so much precedent for this kind of behavior, from the corporate (former) titans to the members of Congress.
Just like we talk about all the time, conditioned behavior is the behavior that comes most easily in times of crisis. When under severe duress our emotional state is so volatile that our real-time thinking goes on hold and autopilot kicks in. Unfortunately, when we have to engage new ways of thinking to solve problems our conditioning isn't our friend. (When we do what we've always done we get what we've always got.) See if you recognize some current conditioned thinking in the statements below:
- "As long as I've got mine I'm OK. There are winners and losers in this world, and I've got the savvy to be one of the winners - even when the ship is sinking."
- "We've got to look past this one situation and place the long-term health and reputation of our party first."
- "Hey, they made bad decisions, now they have to deal with the consequences, no matter who they are."
- "They only care about Wall Street. They don't care about Main Street."
- "If that woman thinks she is going to talk that way to me she's got another thought coming. I'll just take my ball and go home. That'll teach her."
- "He just doesn't get it."
Whoa! These statements make it sound like it's every man for himself (figuratively speaking, of course) in our country right now.
When it comes to times of testing like these we've got to be clear on our bigger goals, the goals we have in common. Otherwise we get logjammed, stuck in the mud of our differences. If we're stuck in the mud and there's an oncoming train (as some would say we're facing right now financially,) failure to see past our individual interests can be deadly.