Front page photos of the riots in Greece -- heartbreaking.
Everything traces back to human action. Positive constructive action leads to a good outcome. Likewise, the opposite is true.
If the financial crisis tells us anything, it's this. We moved away from person-to-person reciprocity and community orientation. We deconstructed boundaries for expedient profit. We see this in the making of the "Too Big to Fails" (the outcome of Glass-Steagall repeal which separated commercial banking from speculative investment banking) all the way down to the discarding of lending standards. No surprise, then, the devastating result.
I recently came across an article that made me think -- not much has changed.