MasterPo has noticed a curious, perhaps even troubling, trend.
Of late, on several personal financial blogs MasterPo frequents, more and articles are appearing that discuss personal money matters with in the context of faith and religion. Most try to tie together making personal financial decisions with charity, helping others, not being "greedy" (the definition of which is certainly open to debate at a later time), and even sighting passages from the Bible (New Testament mainly) about frugality, hard work and charity.
MasterPo agrees these are all good concepts. And if everyone shared similar views (regardless of their specific faiths) the country and the world would be a far better place.
But let's not blow smoke here.
While there may be lessons on achievement, savings and charity in scripture MasterPo finds it unsettling that in this particular time of American history people are turning to faith for personal finance guidance. The old saying "There are no atheists in fox holes" rings true. And that's the point.
Seen as a symptom of the problem, people are loosing/have lost trust in those people and institutions that previously were seen as reliable (or at least stable) guides in life. It's not a matter of parties or ideologies, just simple truth and honesty. People are loosing trust and hope in the very foundations of the country and society. As such they are turning to what they believe to be back-to-basics sources of truth and honesty for financial (and perhaps more) guidance in life.
When people loose that much trust in their leadership and base institutions of a nation that faith seems a more reasonable source of guidance for, of all things, personal finance that speaks volumes as to the psychological state of the state. Correct or not, people are more and more fearful and feel they are running blind.
This is dangerous.
On one level it is a danger because people who do not have trust in the leadership and institutions of a society feel disconnected from the whole of the society. "Dis-enfranchised" as the saying goes. As such a society might cease to be a functioning society and fall into groupism, pitting the goals of one group against the other rather than working together for a common benefit and future. A house divided can not stand.
On another level it is a danger because when people loose trust and hope in their society they look for it else where and grasp whatever they can find. The danger isn't that people won't believe in nothing, but rather they will believe in anything! That is, people will latch on to a person (or group) or idea that offers a solution just to have an answer and may not really consider the full ramifications of going down that path.
Time will tell if this truly a tend or just a momentary fad.
Cross your fingers.