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December 14, 2008


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Jay Gaines

Hi Rachel,
Very thought provoking post. I don't have much to add because I agree with everything you wrote.

One thing I will say is that I believe cynicism is on the way out, and we are on the verge of an age of optimism. Certainly the economic crisis is scary and bad and will get worse before it gets better, and I don't expect people to be optimistic about that. I do expect people to be optimistic about each other. There is no doubt that tough times are here for some and are ahead for many more of us. History (even recent history) has shown repeatedly that during tough times people come together. They get active in their communities, they volunteer, they help and support each other. I tend to think of cynicism as a bit of an indulgent luxury that is embraced in times when optimism isn't required.

Combine that with a new leader in the U.S. who has inspired so many and already ask us all to work with him to help each other and our country, and I think while we are in for some difficulties there will be little room for cynicism.


Rachel Happe

Hi Jay -

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

Interesting observation that cynicism is a luxury. I think there is definitely something to that. I hope you are right that the various crises that we find ourselves in will cause us to come together and see that, in fact, we do need each other and need to work constructively together.


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