I think it is time to revisit H.D Thoreau's Walden Pond. The father of minimalism, he wrote "I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." This in 1854.
How appropriate for 2009, with our free falling economy and fallacious government experts. How long will this recession last? For me, its time to live deliberately, discover the essentials, and find I have, after all, truly lived.
Hey, just my two cents.