I know the rent is in arrears; the dog has not been fed in years

It's even worse than it appears,but it's alright.

I'd rather have no money and no debt than a lot of both.

Right now I've got a lot of one and none of the other. I'll let you guess which.

With that said, I'd like to nominate The Grateful Dead's Touch of Grey as The Most Encouraging/Best Song Ever. If anyone out there can think of a better song, I'd like to hear it. Touch of Grey should become the official song of The Lesser Depression. It's not quite as bad as The Great Depression, but it's still pretty damn depressing. Why does The Great Depression get to have all the depression in history? I still get some, don't I?

Well I am gonna take some anyway.

Isn't it a little odd that the first thing that "depression" is the first thing that comes to people's minds when the economy is brought up? The Great Depression is probably the most recognizable era in American history. People might not know the exact dates associated with it, but they know exactly what it was all about.

People were broke. They didn't have any money, which led to other problems, to be sure, but that was really the gist of it.

So if lack of money = depression (and not just regular depression, but the worst depression possible) then its no surprise that we would naturally assume that lots of money = happiness, perhaps the most supreme happiness possible.

Is this really what we think?

Money certainly makes it easier to be happy, relaxed, and worry-free, that's for sure. But I am not totally convinced that it necessarily equals happiness; and to take it a step further, I don't think that the lack of money always means the lack of happiness. It shouldn't, because if it does then I am in direct defiance of all that is known.

I'll take a little depression and a little happiness, thank you very much.

In fact, I would go so far as to say that true happiness is not possible without some minor twinge or memory of depression, at least not down here. How can you know light when you have never seen darkness? How can you truly enjoy a drink of water when you have never known thirst?

Every silver lining's got a touch of grey.

Also interesting, is this:

Janis Joplin (or Kris Kristofferson, who originally wrote it, along with Fred Foster) has a similar motto:

Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose.

And so, I leave you with this: Listen to it.