The past decade of 2000 to 2009 was truly dreadful for America. We had the 911 attacks, a war in Iraq, hurricane Katrina, a stock market crash and a financial/economic collapse unlike anything since the Great Depression.
However, this perception of an awful decade is from an American perspective. In China the decade was different. China experienced unparalleled economic growth during the past decade. Hundreds of millions of Chinese saw their standard of living rise dramatically while at the same time the American standard of living declined.
This was not supposed to happen to America. During the past decade we had a conservative, evangelical Christian in President Bush and conservatives in firm control of Congress and the Supreme Court. Ideally, God should have blessed our nation because our leadership reflected God’s will. As the Bible says:
Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.
It is believed by many Christians that God will judge a nation for its sins, and disasters are God’s retribution. An example evangelists often use is the view that AIDS is God’s punishment on homosexuality.
So what went wrong? Why all these terrible events during the decade of the Bush presidency, one of the most conservative and godly presidents we ever had? Why did a non-Christian nation like China prosper at the same time? Has God withdrawn His protection and abandoned America?
Here is a thought. Perhaps conservative values are not automatically God’s values. Yes, this is a startling concept. But how else to explain the worst of times coinciding with the most conservative of times?
Invading Iraq seemed mostly like a political stunt to increase politicians’ popularity after 911. The Bible talks about good stewards but nobody bothered to do much when Katrina hit New Orleans. Our economic collapse was founded on conservative laissez-faire principles. Conservatism seemed to relish venomous partisanship dividing Americans into “us” and “them”, happy to rule with 50.1% of the vote. Much of what has happened this past decade was the path we chose.
The law of attraction suggests what we think is what we’ll attract into our lives. Positive thoughts attract positive results and a negative attitude will attract negative consequences. And so it does.
I’d suggest it is possible to have the law of attraction work on a national scale too. When a society embraces negativity, rancor, acrimony and disharmony, what are we to expect of the results? The consequences won’t appear immediately, but in time all the collective bad karma will result in blowback. Like an economic collapse.
Bad policies don’t help either.