People of the world at present can define what is recession and what is inflation. We all want to survive or recover. We do not want to have another great depression. As described in Wikipedia, the great depression was a worldwide economic downturn from 1929 and ending at different times in the 1930s and 1940s. This happened in most places of the different countries. It was known to be the largest and the most severe economic depression in the 20th century. Whenever there is a decline in the world’s economy, that great depression is used as an example of the extent of the decline that the world’s economy can actually have. There is always the other side of a story. Therefore, there is also, the other side of the life of the great depression. The other side that I am referring to are the reflections and lessons we can gain from it.
Life during the great depression was not easy. It was at this time that people – rich or poor became very vulnerable to the effect of the great depression. Rich or poor looked for means on how to survive the great depression. Both of them have experienced severe economic financial crisis and both of them sought for a crisis management plan. So, the first reflection that we can have is that reach or poor are affected and that life during the great depression crosses boundaries of culture, money, and race. Our being human is what remains to be there. Second reflection, although the rich people are affected, it is the poor who are greatly affected. Good for the rich people because they still have something to get from their pocket whenever their stomachs are hungry. The poor becomes poorer each day until some are starving already. Third reflection that I have is that people are the ones who cause the great depression and we are also the ones who suffer.
Another side of the life during the great depression are the lessons we can learn out of it. These lessons are:
· Frugality. We should learn how to be thrifty. Let us learn the lesson of the fable “The Ant and the Grasshopper.” The ant saves for rainy days, the grasshopper don’t. In this case, who are we then? Are we more of an ant or more of a grasshopper. Prioritize your needs. Never ever confuse your needs and wants.
· Discipline. Control your desires. Do not ever think that because you have a credit line, you will have to engage in debts. Be guided by the quote “Don’t spend money you don’t already have in your pocket.” More importantly, do not engage in gambling. “A gambler always loses.” If you have money, do not be a one day millionaire. You spend it all for one day and you suffer on the succeeding days.
· Hard work. Many times, we want to avoid chores. Why don’t you do the tasks which you can. Imagine how much you will be able to save when you do your part.
The people during the great depression have learned new mental attitude. Aside from the characteristics mentioned above, they were able to realize the value of close relationships with their immediate family, relatives, friends, and with God. The high-priced lesson they have is actually being able to realize that mo re import to material things are the quality of relationships that they build with their fellowmen. And this is the essence of the other side of the life during the great depression.