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What can we do?

After the class today, talking about the economic crash, the housing market, all of it, it made me think. Is there anything we can do? How do we get out of this cycle?

I honestly don’t know if we can. It feels like unless something catastrophic happens we will stay in this cycle, this “situation” it seems like our society and government only supports virtual businesses, shaky investments, and the “system”. It seems, to me, that our only way to change it would be to change the government. But how can we do that? Elect representatives that have our view? I don’t think that would work because I’m willing to bet that a great percentage of the population doesn’t even see the problem. We know there is something going on, but might not know how to fix it.

I see this ending badly.

I can’t think of a peaceful resolution to this. We’re trying to fix it, make things right.  I mean, life will go on, society will always exist. I just feel like something is going to happen.

After thinking about all of this I can’t even offer an educated guess on what will happen, let alone a solution. I feel like were stuck and the only thing that can save us would be a complete network shutdown. A reset (as Tyler would say). Maybe the second time around we can get it right.


I might be so pessimistic because of what happened in my life. I bought a house in 2007 (yep, right before the crash). My realtor said “yea, housing value does not, ever, go down”. I was in the navy at the time and had very stead income. I got out and got an amazing job. Then, in 2008, it happened. One day, after seeing all this on the news, I was driving down my street and noticed like 9 of the 20 houses for sale. I realized it had invaded my life. MY life. Not even a week later I was laid off, not enough business. I fought and scraped to make my mortgage payments. I was making it, but barely. Then one day I got a postcard from the county telling me my housing value… when I bought it it was 150,000. the postcard said 85,000. My jaw hit the floor and I began wondering why I’m trying so hard to save something that’s not worth it. I’d have to keep scraping by for another 10 years to get down to 85,000, that’s 10 wasted years. I made a choice, and still think today it was the right one. I walked away. It slaughtered my credit score but I was happier. That being said, I hope the system does get reset. Maybe then my credit score would reflect how “creditable” I really am. :/



I have no Idea if this really deals with the class, digital america, but the video we all watched today dealt with the idea of the “self” and it’s driving me crazy… So I’m gonna vent.

(these are all just my thoughts and ideas)

You are whoever you are. I feel like looking for “yourself” is the most pointless endeavor you could possibly imagine.

By looking at yourself and trying to figure out who you are you must, inevitably, label yourself. With a label come parameters. Each person is infinitely different. You can’t fit yourself into those parameters. There is no “kernel”; there is no inner self. You are whoever you are right now. You can’t peel back layers and get to the middle, there’s no middle, there are infinite layers.

I feel like the harder you try to find yourself the farther you get from yourself. The more you label yourself into a block, mold, an idea, the more you confine yourself.

I think another thing that follows this line of thought is honesty, specifically when it comes to honesty with yourself. This has come up a number of times in the Psychology classes I’ve taken. Most people, on average, think they are above average (

“You are not special. You are not a beautiful or unique snowflake. You’re the same decaying organic matter as everything else.” Tyler Durden. (Can you quote a character in a movie?)


What then? If you’re not looking for yourself, or trying to find yourself what should you do?

In my opinion, live your lives. The choices you make define who you are. The things you do define who you are.  Just be.

I’m gonna stop here because at this point I’m just ranting 🙂

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