Allow me to begin by paying you a huge compliment. While listening to you conduct an interview, you often remind me of Bill Moyers! I have read so much of what you have read and what Moyers has read that I often feel as if I know why you asked a question and what led you to that question. So I find myself smiling at the two of you and loving you for asking a question that I would have loved to have asked. You both are a gift.
I now come to your two interviews today with Chris Farrell and Paul Zak about economics. I majored in economics in college some 40 years ago and have maintained an interest ever since. I would no sooner challenge either of your guests about economics than I would challenge you about spirituality. But I have read a lot about both subjects and noticed a failure of you and Chris to align on one of your questions, a very good question.
You asked Chris what he thought of Paul's statement about a recession being a cleansing. My economic mind immediately shifted gears to my mythological/mystic mindset and thought of the word catharsis (I bet yours did too). Chris seemed to interpret cleansing as Joseph Schumpeter's destruction of the weak and the pains of those destroyed. Chris, the economist, sees the suffering in Schumpeter's Darwinian approach while the mythologist sees the monomyth -- birth, death, rebirth or light from darkness. What an intriguing juxtaposition! I think of Chris, the reasoned economist, as Reinhold Niebuhr's moral sentimentalist -- wow! I see Paul, the reasoned scientist, seeing through the eyes of a Meister Eckhart or maybe even a Krista -- detached, not without compassion but detached.
In closing, allow the economist in me to speak out. We have government and its laws to tether man. We learned long ago that man without a tether will be the snake that eats his own tail. The mess we are in today is a result of man without a tether and government failing to do the job it was created to do.
Krista, you are a brave girl to dip your toe in economics and I admire your gall. I think there must be some gall there... I think.
I just read a book by a neurologist that I bet you have read: On Being Certain, Robert Burton.
For some unknown reason this quote came to mind: "Every act of creation is first an act of destruction." ~ Pablo Picasso
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