As the 400th jubilee year of the appearance of Our Lady at Siluva closes, world news and US news begins to approach the apocolyptic. In the midst of this, I am afflicted by a peculiar good cheer. Is this the power of prayer or the onset of insanity? Don't hesitate to comment.
Today the New York Times ran an Op-Ed piece by Barbara Ehrenreich titled The Power of Negative Thinking. In this thoughtful piece Ms. Ehrenreich identifies a near delusional optimism as contributing to the current economic situation, citing pundits and gurus who have led citizens and corporations down the primrose path with a simplistic interpretation of the Law of Attraction that implies that focusing on a goal and refusing to think about impediments guarantees a successful outcome. I think that she has made a valid and original point.
Despite my appreciation of the piece, I couldn't help myself from smiling on the trip to work as I contemplated all of the good that could come out of the economic crisis:
- Maybe the destruction of Our Lady of Vilnius will now be costly rather than profitable.
- If gasoline prices are unaffordable, I'll be able to ride my bicycle down the Henry Hudson Parkway to work.
- If I lose my job, maybe I'll be able to farm potatoes, beets and cabbage on the lawn of the coop where I live. They'll have to relax their aesthetic standards to permit subsistence.
- My local weekly is flooded with articles on the "deer problem". Look on the bright side! Venison! Venison zeppelinai!
- Maybe we will all become lean, strong and attractive by necessity rather than by narcissism and surgery.
- Housing may now become affordable for the middle class, working class and even homeless. I am going to read up on squatter's rights.
- Maybe kindness will prevail now that more of us feel vulnerable. Maybe people will lose the delusion of their own omnipotence and turn to the infinite mercy of God.