Is the American Sprit broken?

by AskSage

Hi Sage,

I watched Suze Orman the other day and she mentioned that the American spirit was broken due to all the hardship so many of us are facing, do you agree? Looking forward to your response.

All the best, William


Dear William,

Interesting week, wasn’t it? I pondered the same question, because first we see

  • the Super Bowl,
  • then Clint Eastwood coming alive on the big screen during halftime with an amazing commercial http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PE5V4Uzobc (yes, I’m aware of the “political controversy”),
  • then we have Suze Orman on a number of TV shows mentioning that “the spirit of Americans has been broken” and then we have
  • a Brit (Piers Morgan) declaring that it’s only the American Spirit that can get us out of this mess.

Question is, who got it right? Well, this might probably the most important questions of all, William. Because when you get to the bottom of it, we can (and should) ask ourselves, what has made us succeed in the past?

What/who helped us to

  • write the declaration of independence?
  • win the war against the Brits (who had the world’s biggest navy at that time)?
  • get through the Great Depression?
  • win two world wars and
  • become the world’s biggest industrial and military power in the process?
  • invent the internet?
  • overcome 9/11 and become a stronger country for it?

No, William, our spirit isn’t broken. I believe it was the philosopher Rudolf Steiner (1861–1925) who wrote that “Where there is spirit, there is money!” and I couldn’t agree more.

The problem is not that there isn’t enough money or success or spirit in America, the problem is that the system is broken. The money didn’t ‘disappear’ it was ‘transferred’. It’s still there.  Just no longer deposited in your or my savings account/IRA/401K/home value. It’s in other accounts now.

As we bear witness to on TV every night, it’s not corporations nor governments nor armies that make a country strong. It’s always the people. The American Spirit is just coming alive and I would never bet against it. Nor would I ever advise anybody to pick a fight with Clint Eastwood.

Our future is bright, William, we just have some stormy seas ahead of us. No other nation is better equipped to handle them and thrive during difficult times. That’s simply what we do and who we are.

Or – borrowing from Clint’s commercial: We find a way through tough times, and if we can’t find a way, then we’ll make one.

This country can’t be knocked out with one punch. We get right back up again and when we do the world is going to hear the roar of our engines.

Yeah, it’s halftime America. And, our second half is about to begin.”

Sincerely, Sage



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