Zen and the Pittsburgh Theory on Everything: gas prices
There was once this hysteria over how unabated energy price increases would spell the end of everything. So if you ask me, nothing is really worse than the unprecedented rate oil prices have dropped. Not for the reasons people usually have for saying that and hey, I am as happy as the next guy to pay less for gas. Yes, SUV sales are probably going to return.. but that isn't the point. In the longer run when energy prices move up again folks will a) not feel so threatened since they have seen it before and b) are likely to believe it is all part of a cycle and need only wait for prices to drop again. It is a pattern that will last until it ends. It was once the logic that folks who watched the steel industry go through periods of boom and bust would use to dismiss the need for change.