On My Mind

This post will be brief, since I’m running around the new office like a chicken with his head cut off, but I have a few things on my mind:

XPERIENCE

Xperience is taking place this weekend, October 3-5. Friday and Saturday nights start at 7:30, Sunday night at 6:00. Because of how busy life in itself has been for all of us, the event has pretty much caught us off-guard. We have so much to do this week, and to be perfectly honest…I’m dreading the preparation (but not the event itself).

So, if you’re available…BE THERE!

The Economy

I’m no economist (I’m sure you’re stunned). However, a quick look at the Drudge Report during the day, displaying the stock market crashing and burning, helps me realize that we’re not exactly in the best place financially.

My friend, Than Hurst, is almost certainly in a state of despair. The fact is that a recession is upon us, and there’s little that can be done about it. Sure, the government is putting this massive bail-out through its paces; it was shot down earlier today by the House of Representatives. But is it really a long-term solution? No.

A long-term solution would be that the richest of the rich in this country would stop being so greedy and be satisfied with simply being “enormously and disgustingly wealthy,” instead of striving to be “King Solomon on steroids” wealthy. Their reckless business practices are what have put us in this situation in the first place.

The reality is that we’re going to go through some tough times. All of us.

But God will still be God, and maybe a stronger dependency on Him is what we need anyways.

Music

I need to end things on a slightly less terrifying note…

I’ve been thinking about modern-day music and what musical themes will be considered “classics” 200 years from now. We all know and love Beethoven and Mozart, but will anything from the present age be comparable to their masterpieces when viewed through the perspective of time?

My opinion: perhaps.

The music industry is over-saturated with worthless garbage, but there is one element that is often ignored: soundtracks. The timeless and endearing music of this age is not coming from Souljah Boy or Miley Cyrus; it’s coming from our soundtracks.

Who doesn’t recognize Darth Vader’s theme from the Star Wars movies? Can you whistle the Superman opening tune? And for those of you who have ever laid a hand on a controller and participated in an $18,000,000,000-per-year industry known as the video game market: do you know what Super Mario’s dungeon music sounds like?

The musical geniuses of our age are guys like John Williams, Randy Newman, and Nobuo Uematsu.

Laugh it off if you want, but these guys definitely have a leg up on all the “music” on your radio stations. No one will remember Fall Out Boy 200 years from now, but I guarantee you people will still sound out the “Jaws” theme from the beach when their buddies swim into the surf.

Now I’ve got to get back to work…

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6 thoughts on “On My Mind

  1. Matthew D. says:

    Blaming the greedy rich people for the economic problems?

    Ryan, Ryan, Ryan… I wouldn’t have expected that to come from you. Far too simplistic escape hatch…

  2. ryanaustindean says:

    Looking at what’s happened, do you not agree that greed has been a factor?

    Sure, toxic mortgages and inadvisable loans being given out are part of the problem (among a billion other things), but rampant greed is definitely a part of it. And not just from the richest of the rich…

    Trust me; I’m a capitalist through and through. But capitalism starts breaking down when those with the greatest influence stop acting responsibly (or even sensibly).

  3. purpledot says:

    My point is that one could just as easily, if not perhaps more properly, attribute the economic downturn to the irresponsibility of the middle and lower class.

    I’m not saying greed plays no role. I’m saying it conveys a subjective bias to only blast “greedy rich folk” while failing to mention that the only reason they can get away with their greed is because the rest of us will buy into it.

    This kind of thing happens when a country believes the “buy now, pay later” mentality is indefinitely sustainable.

  4. ryanaustindean says:

    True…the average American household is at least $9,000 in debt (last I read).

    Blame could also be attributed to pressure from Congress to expand sub-prime loans (I’m sharing that Harvard economist’s opinion piece on the next blog post) during the 1990s.

    There’s plenty of blame to go around. I’m not blaming just the “greedy rich folk,” but their decisions, based on potential profitability, helped equip the third-graders with rocket launchers, so to speak. And yes, that was a ridiculous analogy.

    The more I read about the bailout, the more leery I become. The market should correct itself, and I’m inclined to believe those experts who insist it would (eventually).

  5. Than says:

    Eh, there are so many factors. The biggest is that everybody decided to buy a house. When mortgage backed securities, for generations the safest investment a person could make, are worthless it freezes the credit market almost completely. This is turn means that banks stop lending to each other so now they can’t meet their debt obligations and can’t lend money to small business or consumers. The American economy is driven by the consumer. When the consumer is no longer able to buy, especially large ticket items like houses and cars, the economy implodes. The bail out package was specifically targeting un-freezing the credit market. I don’t agree with everything in it but something needs to be done. When Warren Buffett says it, it must be so!

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