Since I can't seem to comment on my blog, I wanted to say hello to Lisa and Ted. Good to hear from you both.
I read a newspaper story about Atlanta socialites embracing simplicity as a "spiritual path" during this recession. They're wearing 10-year-old dresses and saving their money. Now, to me, in these times, such sudden frugality seems more sin than spirit. Now's a good time for those who have wealth to circulate it--thoughtfully--through the economy. This may mean a shift from the $5,000 handbag to supporting the local hurting charity or to installing some green technology into the mansion, but the rich, imho, need to do some spending. Do you agree?
I do hope our society of unsustainable excess does embrace simplicity as a result of this latest economic upheaval. I read somewhere that unemployment is hitting men harder than women, in part because contracting industries, such as construction, employ men more heavily than women. I wonder if, with fewer jobs, we'll got back to the one wage earner family? It seems, at least from stories in the newspaper, that a lot of families are keeping from disaster (as long as they bought their houses at the right time, didn't take out big home equity loans and didn't run up credit cards) because one spouse is still working. There's simply a lot less disposable income.
It's interesting to speculate what the world would look like if women become the primary breadwinners. How do you think men would contribute in that scenario? Do you think they would take over childcare and home-cooked meals? Or help the family economy in some other way, so the family could continue to go out for pizza?