For those of us born in the eighties, fear like we’ve only read about in The Grapes of Wrath surrounds us.

As once-proud corporations daily whimper either out of existence or into the custody of government, fear spreads. Jobs disappear and what we all hoped in September was a “market correction” proves not to be just a market correction.

But this is old news.

For my generation, most life experiences have been set during a period of prosperity rivaled by few societies in history.

Survival in this economy is the first real test of my generation.

This test will change us and our children. We will become harder. Less demanding. More appreciative. Better savers. More patient. More benevolent.

Less spoiled.