by Reb Akiva at Mystical Paths
Things are getting confusing. We had 3 generations of great stability. While the US and the Soviet Union stood poised to blow each other and the world to bits, basically everything stabilized around this struggle.
First the Soviet Union disappeared, literally overnight. All the energy that was focused upon the (potential) conflict was turned loose. This led to excess, excess spending, excess investment, excess hubris. The US, the "sole remaining super-power" built itself up with excess, piling leverage upon leverage.
And now, the Super Power US is also poised to disappear in front of our eyes. Oh, the US will still be there - just as Russia is still there. But the US of 1985 - 2007 is crumbling.
People are confused. While a bit longer than a blink of an eye, things are changing at a rapid pace. Jobs are being lost, once great corporations are found to have no actual value. Homes are lost, the ultimate solid investment of real estate is found to be of limited value. Investment portfolios are found to be worth only the value of the paper they're written upon.
People don't know where to turn. Tremendous community chesed that was built to rely upon a steady donation stream is in serious trouble. Charities are also on the edge, some being forced to close. Traditionally solid Jewish schools are missing salary payments, teachers are going hungry.
In an earthquake, the very ground you rely upon becomes unstable. There is literally nowhere to turn and nothing to do, you just hang on.
This is close, but not completely the same. Of course, we always have our Father in Heaven to turn to. But we must make some intelligent decisions as well, we must survey the horizon and take some wise steps. We can't just sit with our mouths opened wide wondering "what happened, oy, what happened"?
Look around. Things have changed. You have some decisions to make.
BS"D - בסיעתא דשמיא