I may live with my head in the sand most of the time, but even I have to admit that the rising prices of gas, flour, and other necessities are rising at an alarming rate. I even admit that I am nowhere near ready to deal with an economy going down the toilet and all the changes that the "experts" are predicting.
Still, I have made (and am still making) changes in my day to day life to attempt to deal with things. I have planned a bigger garden, I drive less, I am paying closer attention to where our "money leaks" are, I am trying harder than ever to get us out of debt (the coming mortgage doesn't count).
Yet I look around and see people continuing to live their lives as if nothing is happening. Folks are going for pleasure jaunts in their gas guzzling SUVs, filling their carts at Wally-World with plastic junk and worthless doo-dads. Dumpsters are overflowing with items that either are in fine condition, should have been recycled, or never should have been made (much less purchased).
Quite frankly, it is making me a little mad. You and I both know that these same people doing this will be the first to raise their voices when things start getting really bad. They will be screaming at the tops of their lungs that the "gov'ment" should have done something, that they have rights, that someone needs to come save them.
The reality is that everyone needs to make changes and be responsible for their own actions. The reality is that what we are looking at now is (at the very least) the beginning of a recession. The reality is that folks need to check their priorities. Is it more important to protect yourself, your family, and the planet? or is it more important to have that newfangled whatsit? Take your pick, because the time has come where you can't have both....