“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”

“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”  This is a quote by no-one less than Albert Einstein.

Even so, we are still attempting to solve today’s economic problems with the same thinking we had before the crisis. Not just the same thinking, it seems, but also the same people!  Many people credit the wild behaviour of the merchant bank Goldman Sachs with the cause of the credit crisis. Chairman Lloyd Blankfein maintained in November 2009 that Goldman Sachs was not at fault for the crisis, although the bank led the way with idiotic large bonuses for risky behaviour. It also speculated shamelessly with financial products which even they did not understand; and which they had sold to their clients, business which many commentators gave the label ‘fraude.‘ The Times quoted him as saying, “I am not guilty. I am just doing God’s work.”(…)  Maybe an instrument of judgement, then!

So what is happening now in Europe in nations which need to get their economy back on track and healthy again?

  • Lucas Papademos is the new prime minister of Greece. He worked closely with Goldmann Sachs when taking Greece into the euro zone. For this purpose, it has been shown that the governmental finances were falsified.
  • Mario Monti was hailed as a saviour in Ital;y. The new Prime Minister was until very recently, advisor of Goldmann Sachs on European government policy.
  • Mario Draghi has just been appointed chairman of the European Central Bank and was from 2002-2005 vice-chairman of Goldman Sachs International, responsible for  large concerns and sovereign states. The French paper “Le Monde’; accused him of ‘helping Greece to falsify its report on its national debt.
The Italian paper ‘Il Giornale’ said that it is like asking arsonists to put out their own fire!’
We need to do what the apostle Paul admonished  many years ago, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is— his good, pleasing and perfect will.”   God’s economy is very different from man’s economy and needs a new way of thinking!
We not only need to renew our thinking, but many of our leaders also!

 

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