Debt. We've got plenty these days, personally and as a country. Did you know that in 1834 America's debt was reduced to only $38,000? True story.
Then President Andrew Jackson accomplished this by sanctioning a real estate frenzy based on the sale of land stolen from Native Americans in the southeast. Around 100,000 of them were forcibly removed and 4,000 died on the Trail of Tears.
It's not Native Americans being ejected these days, it's foreclosed on homeowners, but the song remains the same. As Yogi Berra famously said, "It's déjà vu, all over again." Our 21st Century Trail of Tears leads to rental units, sleeping in cars, and minimum wage jobs during retirement years.
Facing the exotically named "Fiscal Cliff," one wonders what our esteemed leaders will do this time around. Without access to the wisdom granted by source intelligence, they can only rely on ego solutions which, typically, arise from fear and greed, and inevitable suction wealth upwards (to those making the rules).
If only there were some genuine elders around, men and women without a personal agenda and with a connection to universal smarts. One can safely muse that the same majestic intelligence that guides the stars in their mysterious paths and regenerates our brain cells might likewise find sustainable solutions to reducing debt.