The current economic crisis in the Western world (we took the Peace Dividend declared at the end of the Cold War and poured it out on desert sand) was not the result of globalization or free trade practices. The most recent breakdown was ethical. Isolationist individualism said, "Get yours and get out. Don't worry about what you leave, fret about what you take with you when you go."
How else do you explain the redoubtable Alan Greenspan testifying before the US Congress, under oath, and saying, "I was wrong about how large financial institutions would function. I thought they would be responsible and look after their own best interests, to the betterment of all. I was wrong. They acted insanely."
The only disagreement I have with Mr. Greenspan's commentary was the last little value judgement about insanity. The Free Market mavens played a cold, calculating (rigged) shell game. They were not insane. They brought their own content to the logic of the Free Market, which they manipulated to make less Free.
And they did well. For every one of the very few in jail or under scrutiny, there are, I believe, ten others who would fare no better if scrutinized closely. The system just does not allow for the kind of fixed gaze that makes the thief blink.
The Meditative Reflective awaits the call to sacrifice. If, as the MR believes, the Biblical Ideal of masculinity is self-sacrifice (so setting the course for our religious-cultural practices) it might be said the MR is waiting for someone to step up and be a man in the better sense of masculinity. The MR is coming to see how necessary it is to call for everyone to do more than his/her share. We got to this mess because the pagan said it was permissible to risk others for one's own aggrandizement. The MR thinks this is not so, but rejects the heart warming stories of a few persons who cut back on luxuries to help weather the storm. The MR is waiting for a clarion call to meaningful sacrifice to get this world in some workable order.
The MR should stop waiting. The Pagan will be back at the helm shortly. Never one to waste a good crisis (even one of his own making) the Pagan social reactionary will quickly steer us back to the same ethical quandary that brought us here. He can do no other. He cannot break his idols or tear down his temples. He has to control his gods because he cannot control his belly.
There is another crisis brewing. This one will be deeper even than the last. If the Pagan wins the day it could be the last.