Ephemeridae

The Lemonade of the Economical Crisis 

or 

The Efemerity of Things that we want

 

On 24 October we commemorate the Black Thursday of year 1929, the day when the Wall Street Stock Market crash became obvious. It was inevitable to reach this situation: the Crash was the logical consequence tot only of the specultive boom of 1926, but also of the lifestyle gouverned by the “Live now, pay later” principle, the system of buying in rates allowing more american citizens live in luxury. But then, the ecnomical crisis of the 30s had let with their wallets empty the citizens of the United States who, owning soo much money, adopted a new principle: “Pay now, live later”. Some decided to not live at all, put a rope around their neck and hang themselves, others to throw themselves on the window.

In the first decade of the new millennium the second great depression started. When? Oficially, in 2007. Where? In the United States of America. Why? Well, because people rarely learn from the mistakes that the ones before them made. If almost 80 years ago, on Wall Street it was sorrow and sadness, from some time, this feeling had reborn as dissatisfaction and disappointment, exteriorized under the form of protests made by masses of people that shout anticapitalist slogans and revolt, especially, against the banking system.  

A month ago, Răsvan delighted us with a mechanical orange eaten with juice, fruit and shell. The shell that wrapped the article hid the juicy fruit, by which I mean the great depression, which was by far as sweet was the juice, the reader’s comments, in which many are found guilty for the economical crisis: “the Wall Street crooks”, the banks and their irresponsible speculations, the government, the syndicates, the protesters, the “left hand”, the ‘investors that nobody knows’, the capitalists, the corporatists, the communists, the neo-fascists. After all, all of them get out culpable. So it is. What unites them all? Greed. Let’s drink the orange juice, put all the glasses aside, agitated by our divergent opinions and, cooled by this fresh drink made out of drained oranges, think a little…. 

Before the depression, we were happy. Happy in the limits of our own materialist needs, because we weren’t happy at all. We always wanted something else, a thing which we thought it to be the best in the world and which we would have tried to obtain at all cost. We bought it, felt to be at the peak of joy but, then…. we met with disappointment. Maybe we saw another commercial, found another most important thing in the world, which we wished it untold. Still, a few days after we are in the possession of the thing we want, we realize its ephemerity. We closed ourself in the trap of false needs, and today we suffer the logical consequence of sitting in a prison we thought outself to be happy: THE ECONOMICAL CRISIS. 

A simple object cannot give you happiness. Today you have money, tomorrow you may not. After all, you need no earthly object, however happy it may make you, to be… happy. You don’t need the biggest and the most beautiful house. As Răsvan said, “The home in which the man must truly feel it belongs isn’t the earth, but the place prepared by Him in heaven”. You don’t need the most expensive and technologically advanced car. The true means of travel are not the automobiles invented by man, bu the locomotive of the soul, hearth and faith, which shall lead you to the garden of Eden. You don’t need to spend hours and hours through supermarkets or magazines with hundreds of shelves filled by thousands of products. You don’t even need any machine such as this computer or the robots that we wish to built. I don’t say that such things aren’t useful or not to use the, but I say they aren’t necessary: to live, you need only water, food and what is inside you: the knowledge in the brain, the sentiments in hearth, the ideals in soul and, first, the faith in God. All of these shall lead you to the eternal life, close to God and all dear ones…. but before that, Carpe Diem. Find joy in this day!

 

Note: The title (Ephemeridae) – simple and direct – was put by Răsvan because “we (human) are more ephemeral than our things. The Englishmen, for example, keep the cane of their ancestors for centuries. Even Romanians have such a tradition. For example, Alexandru Paleologu had a stick with a silver handle, passed on from his grandfather. So did Neagu Djuvara.”

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