This very sobering article from Alternet suggests that it might be
Today, one in five Americans is unemployed, underemployed or just plain out of work. One in nine families can’t make the minimum payment on their credit cards. One in eight mortgages is in default or foreclosure. One in eight Americans is on food stamps. More than 120,000 families are filing for bankruptcy every month. The economic crisis has wiped more than $5 trillion from pensions andsavings, has left family balance sheets upside down, and threatens to put ten million homeowners out on the street.
Families have survived the ups and downs of economic booms and busts for a long time, but the fall-behind during the busts has gotten worse while the surge-ahead during the booms has stalled out.
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When I read an article like this I am reminded of a recent comment by my colleague Eliacin Rosario Cruz.
We are called to create alternatives for the future not because the future is scary but because we are called to co-create with God and to live into God’s future. If love casts out fear then we create as an act of love not of fear.