“A worthy man is still worthy even penniless, a donkey is a donkey even if he is finely saddled." ~Turkish Proverb
This is one of my favorite quotes. It cuts right through all of the bullshit. If you base your self-worth on what they do for a living or what you own, you will always feel insecure. You'll never feel like you "have enough" to deserve to be you.
It becomes about accumulation instead of existing. In fact, it's too easy to forget to exist when you're too busy accumulating. This is when people forget about their friendships & their family. They get tunnel-vision & are too wrapped up in the tunneling to dig themselves out.
The current recession has "woken up" several people. Woken them up to themselves. They can no longer hide behind their money & their valuables. The whole rat race has a lot less meaning now than it did before. Consciousness was temporarily replaced with materialism, but hopefully now it's returned to some people. And while some people probably never had it to begin with, others have found again or learned how to develop it. This is a good thing. A very profound thing.
A wake up call indeed.
You can't go back once you've been to the land of Enlightenment. It's irreversible.