Sacrifice over excess

Perspective: A return to fundamental economic values

A dentist in Marin County once described to me the boomers in the 1970s who would come to his office with a cold sore on their lips and want a quick fix so they could go out the next weekend and enjoy the debauchery of the period.

He would tell them: "I can give you some medicine and it will take two weeks to mend your sore, or I can not give you medicine and it will take two weeks to cure it."