...I want to not go back to where we were. I want to say, where can we chart a different course here? For example, to move to a clean energy economy is more than rewiring the energy grid, it's rewiring ourselves -- our habits, our choices, our expectations. On the banks, a number of us are deciding to move our money to local banks that have really behaved much more responsibly and still serve our communities. So I think there could be a real mini movement here, a citizen movement of people trying to look at their own family, lifestyle, choices, and accountability on Wall Street and in Washington. I think we have to rebalance -- we've lost our balance here, how do we regain our balance and then go forward? [Rev. Jim Wallis, interview with Bill Radke, "Values Can Shape Economic Recovery," Marketplace Morning Edition, 2010.01.15]
Bad morals don't cause earthquakes, but they do have social impacts, like recessions. I humbly suggest Rev. Wallis shows us how his Christian values can point us toward healthy local economies.