I’m catching up on the reading that piled up while I was playing miniature golf in Myrtle Beach (and thinking that churches should implement their own version of Jungle Safari’s stroke limit—“You’ve been hitting this sermon for 30 minutes, Pastor Woods, and it’s obvious that this one isn’t going in the hole. A large group is impatiently waiting for you to get past the hazard. Why not pick up your ball and move on to next Sunday?”).
One disturbing article is Fareed Zakaria’s June 22 cover story on Newsweek. In “The Capitalist Manifesto,” Zakaria supplies his typically stellar explanation of the causes of our economic meltdown, and concludes that what we need, both in government and on Wall Street, is “greater self-regulation.” We cannot write enough rules to close every loophole and prevent every abuse, so “there needs to be a deeper fix within all of us, a simple gut check. If it doesn’t feel right, we shouldn’t be doing it” (45).
I agree with his assessment that only a return to morality can save us, but really, what are the odds?