To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.
Ecclesiastes 3:1 (KJV)
Anyone who has been close to the edge knows what “survival mode” is like. Small flashes of adrenaline propel you from one day to the next. Each fitful dawn is a mix of dread and possibility, all of them taken one at a time. Next week? Worry about it when it comes. Next month? Forever away.
Many people find themselves in “survival mode” through this Depression, especially those without either work or unemployment bennies. For them it is a slowly unfolding tragedy, but in great numbers they become a society, a culture, and an economy that is unable to function. That’s because a free market only reaches equilibrium in the long run, actually running on small differences in the short term. But in the very longest term the magic of market forces become something else altogether.
Everything has its own time. When we start to understand that “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself” it helps to appreciate the short, long, and very long term that are all whipping us through each day and all of our days.