Now that there is not much left in the way of a reliable reality, I look at my children as if they could be Charlie, from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Not to win a golden ticket, but, more importantly, to be sheltered from the gloom and doom surrounding us. I remember most clearly the message of the movie was about being able to shape your own version of reality - that how the world was was to a large degree shaped by how you perceived it. Now that is heavy philosophy 101 stuff but it was more or less a light-hearted song about candy which conveyed it to me at a young age:
"If you want to view paradise
Simply look around and view it.
Anything you want to do, do it.
Want to change the world?
There's nothing to it."
After I got over a very lengthy childhood crush on Jean Wilder I grew up and umm...that little song was embedded in me. It was no doubt an American thing which has been post-modernly translated into Nike's "Just do it" ad campaign.
Now how to keep the next generation on the sunny-side can-do side of the street? The economists should curb talking to the government and go straight to Hollywood for some reality-shaping. But I think that is what Hitler did.