An eye of gold
Regarding the economic crisis, William Drummond of Hawthornden seems to have caught its essence in 1656 -
This Life, which seems so fair,
Is like a bubble blown up in the air
By sporting children's breath,
Who chase it everywhere,
And strive who can most motion it beneath.
And though it sometimes seem of its own might
Like to an eye of gold to be fixed there,
And firm to hover in that empty height,
That only is because it is so light.
But in that pomp it doth not long appear;
For when 'tis most admired - in a thought,
Because it erst was nought, it turns to nought.
Many investments appear to be nought, but the hard work and energy and inventiveness and goods of millions of people is not nought. We will have to put our hands on real things, and not be afraid.