Jonathan Begley

November 25, 2009

Quick Fix

Filed under: Development — jonathanbegley @ 3:34 pm

The authors of Freakonomics wrote an article last week focused on a recent “trend” that has taken shape in the current economic crisis.  They question if this is possibly the solution to unemployment?  The article claims that a number of white-collar, educated individuals are considering donating organs because of their financial struggles.  They state that $100,000 would go a long way towards financial security, a lot farther than selling old items around the house.  This is quite the “out of the box” thinking.

I realize that this is not a “trend” that most of us would agree with (and if you do please leave a comment below), but I do believe that this “quick fix” attitude is extremely prevalent in our society.  Think about our athletes using performance-enhancing drugs or our parents giving their children medication at the first sign of behavioral problems.  Think about our government creating $787 billion to bail out businesses that were run poorly and who should be left on their own to fail.  We want things here and we want things now.  We want our lives as easy and painless as possible.  And we don’t consider the future consequences of our actions.

Our nation and economy did not get into this present situation quickly.  For close to a decade people bought homes they had no business buying, thinking that in a few months they could sell that same home for a huge profit.  Banks loaned money to anyone, regardless of income or credit history, just to put a few extra dollars in their pockets.  Many Americans were making unrealistic wages in an economy that could just not sustain itself.  Now many of these same Americans are struggling to find work.  The work that is available does not pay the wages necessary to sustain their previous lifestyle.  People’s lives are changing and it hurts, but this is the natural consequence of living outside of our means.

It has been widely reported that we are out of the recession, but that this recovery may very well be a “jobless recovery” for the next two or three years.  We need to be prepared to experience pain and struggle.  We need to work hard and to learn all we can from our experiences.  Most of all, we cannot expect to have a “quick fix” of any kind, whether from the federal government or from the sale of vital organs.  The good jobs in our economy’s future will not go to those individuals who made the most money before and who think that they are entitled to certain wages and conditions now.  The good jobs will go to those people who work hard, who learn all they can and who invest in themselves, even when times are tough.

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