Circles (vicious and virtuous) and the Parable of Talents
The Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25) is a prime chilling illustration of virtuous and vicious circles. If you use what you have well (time, money, talents, relationships) even more will be given you. If you squander what you have (time, money, talents) they diminish steadily. “To him who has shall more be given, and he shall have abundance. But from him who has not, even what he has shall be taken from him.”
So a time of shrinkage is a natural consequence of a time of squandering.
But, but, but… No matter the paucity of one’s current circumstances, by virtue of being alive, one has some of these.. time, money, talent. And the way to convert a vicious circle to a virtuous circle is by carefully making use of what you have, until more is given you, and you again have abundance.