…that we all may have on some level.

Supposedly the remarkably intuitive and insightful Albert Einstein once stated:

“The most fundamental question we can ever ask ourselves is whether or not the universe we live in is friendly or hostile.”

According to the source, Einstein added, in an almost spiritual way, that our answer to that question would literally determine our destiny. It would define who we are. Consider the ramifications of what Einstein is saying. Imagine choosing ‘friendly’ and living accordingly, with a constant awareness of that decision.


Yesterday, April 7th, Alan Greenspan was appearing yet again before the bipartisan (which depends upon where the parameters of the debate are set) and undoubtedly pax-tayer funded Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission. And what difference will it make? Greenspan, instead of reiterating the mistakes so as to encourage practices actually founded in integrity, said this (according to Democracy Now):

“When you’ve been in government for twenty-one years, as I have been [the Fed is largely privately run, actually, and Greenspan was not elected], the issue of retrospective and figuring out what you should have done differently is a really futile activity, because you can’t, in fact, in the real world, do it. [If this is true, why does he have an ideology at all?] I think—I mean, my experience has been, in the business I was in, I was right 70 percent of the time, but I was wrong 30 percent of the time. And there are an awful lot of mistakes in twenty-one years.”

The response from Brooksley Born (whose fascinating and stunning revelations I wrote about before, here and here), who was the honest and real public-servant head of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, commented about the Federal Reserve and Greenspan’s leadership this way:

The Fed utterly failed to prevent the financial crisis. The Fed and the banking regulators failed to prevent the housing bubble. They failed to prevent the predatory lending scandal. They failed to prevent our biggest banks and bank-holding companies from engaging in activities that would bring them to the verge of collapse without massive taxpayer bailouts. They failed to recognize the systemic risk posed by an unregulated over-the-counter derivatives market, and they permitted the financial system and the economy to reach the brink of disaster.”

And from what I’ve seen and read, Born is extremely straight-laced and anything but hyperbolic. Alas, the celebrated addictions of the financial sector continue, constantly degrading the value of money, the real economy, and probably justice.

Seek character, as Horace implores below! Lots of love,



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