"Things Could Be Lazy If They Weren't So Crazy"

My title is the first line of a song Dave Mason recorded roughly forty years ago.  The song's title is World in Changes.

I recently sat several times through a recorded description of this historical moment that declares the next twenty years will be very different from the preceeding twenty years.  Ours is a world of change, as it always has been.  What's different now is the ratio of givens to fabrications.  Humans have undone a great deal in order to put much in place.  They've moved farther and farther into their own spaces and have extended themselves greatly, not always knowing what they're doing.

Over the span of three DVDs, the author/speaker presents much economic and financial material.  He asserts and explains that our standard practice of reviewing the recent past as we make decisions cannot serve us well.  He is a Massachusetts resident and his name is Chris Martenson.  The recording is called The Crash Course and is structured as twenty chapters.  You can view all of them at no cost at his Web site.  Consider this a recommendation.

Martenson tells our story and presents a number of concepts to aid understanding of it.  I'll dwell on the distinction he makes between growth and prosperity because it pertains to the foundation of Woburnite.com.  Martenson says a society can use any surplus it produces for growth or for prosperity.  He regrets that so many people consider them one in the same because that carelessness diminishes deliberation.  If we want to thrive, not just survive, we must be conscious and careful lest thriving be only by accident.

In a forum on Martenson's site, in which some confessed or revealed confusion about the distinction, I restated it with this:

"Prosperity is an achievement I'll enjoy, if not celebrate.  Growth is a calculated risk for a different prosperity.  I can't have the party if I'm moving on by investing with hopes for a bigger and better party later on.  I must choose."

The choice is to say "That's good.  That's enough."  If we loved simple parties, we could party more.  "Things could be lazy if they weren't so crazy."