Well, maybe just a little depression. But talk to people who lived through the real Depression, and in addition to stories (and more stories) about hardship, you’ll also hear how much closer families became during those tough times. I know I’ve often pined for less time for my family playing the Wii, and more time eating dirt and skinning rats for their pelts so we can have fur-lined underwear.
All I’m saying is an economic downturn doesn’t have to be all bad. For one thing, when tough economic times hit the U.K. in the 1970s the miracle of punk rock occurred. Pissed off, down and out people make great music. And better yet, they do it with drums and guitars. I’m hopeful that an economic downturn will mean fewer hi-tech doodads like keyboards and beat machines, so all this electro/ambient/house music will mostly go away. That’s for people who want to simulate depression; no need if we have the real thing.
Another good thing about some serious hardship for today’s generations would be that we could finally stop hearing about The Greatest Generation. We probably could have stopped talking about them in 20 years anyway because, well…you know. But now we can stick it in their face while they are still around. Sure, they went through economic hardships, but it’s not like they ever had that much before the depression in the first place. Some people had to sell their bowler hats and their flapper dresses and their phonographs. Big deal. Try not being able to pay for your Blackberry service, or not be able to upgrade to an iPod touch. That’s your new Dorothea Lange photo right there, our disgusting, filthy kids pretending to talk to each other on cell phones that don’t work.
On second thought, my kids already do that.