What do we need to spur us on when asked to sacrifice and tighten our belts for the greater good? A good slogan, of course. Cultural voyeur Dr. Meg Harper, now of Limerick, Ireland, and Limerick University, offers this:
"I'm seriously committed to informing you all about the culture here, as you know. I've recently found a way to encapsulate Irish attitudes towards the current economic and political troubles. In England (and Northern Ireland), there's a resurgence of (commercially inspired) interest in a slogan and poster that was printed and put up all over Britain in 1939. On a red background, simple white letters read "Keep Calm and Carry On."
She goes on to say, "I recently saw an Irish equivalent, which I'm enclosing for your edification."
Thanks Meg! This speaks volumes, and just as the Irish equivalent might confuse or scandalize Americans I suppose we need a uniquely American version. Let me leap into the fray and offer two (tongue in cheek) American options.
Or perhaps this...with a nod to our French comrades:
If you have a alternative or perhaps a suggestion for a more positive message, please speak up. I would love to hear your suggestions.