The students will be descending momentarily, so this will be brief.
I was just glancing at a newsletter from my union. On the masthead it says, "Money Matters," and the title of the leading article is, "Learn from the Past or You May Miss Opportunities." It struck me that those two sentences are really statements of faith. Faith in a rebounding economy. Faith in the stability of our currency. Faith in ever-expanding technology, or in the resiliency of our culture.
Is this rosy optimism warranted? As the reservoirs dry up, as the ice melts, as violence overtakes parts of the globe, as a lay-off letter is surely waiting for me somewhere downtown. Not that I am depressed, its just that I'd rather take my two little lego-bricks-of-faith and stow them somewhere else. Even burying them in the garden seems like a better alternative than waiting for salvation on the wings of my stock-broker.