Question:

With reference to the current financial and political situation, I ask the question: Is the world facing a new dark age of evil?

Response:

Even if it were, what does it help you to think that way? Think good thoughts, practice wildly delusional optimism, and it will be that way.

Really, you don't have to be delusional (although it does throw a little more thrill into life). You can just look at the fullness of the cup instead of its emptiness: If this had happened twenty years ago, everything would have been lost. What's amazing about what happened now with the sub-prime loan failure and banking crisis is the resilience of the world economy — that we survived.

The world is heading towards its purpose of creation — a world of true peace, filled with wisdom and G‑d-consciousness. Change your focus and become a part of it.