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Who says I have to like it? [Jun. 27th, 2007|09:41 pm]

Brain fizzed out working on the iron horse… time out!

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Despite having been with the company for 3 ½ years, today was my first attendance at one of the Annual General Meetings we host for our clients.

Mixed emotions on my part. 9 out of 10 shareholders attending the meeting were elderly folk, many of whom appeared lonely and very eager to strike up a conversation with myself and the other staff. These are the people who I expect would have spent their lives working for this country, so I don’t mind that they’ve accumulated a nest egg for themselves and their families.

What depresses me though is the wealth that surrounded me while walking through the venue. Marble, bronze, ornate lighting and chandeliers, etc. We even walked across a bridge that spanned a dining area below. Coming from a poor family myself I’ve never managed to desensitise myself to these sights.

Less than a block and a half away is a city park where homeless people are always trying to find shelter. In other parts of this state (province) there are communities with a shortage of water and health care. Even middle class citizens like myself are beset by problems associated with shortfalls in hospitals, police, housing and of course transport. Is it really appropriate that capital be pooled into small caches such as this?

I’m by no means a communist, but I do think the world needs a more in-depth look at the gulf between rich and poor.


[User Picture]From: carlfoxmarten
2007-06-27 04:02 pm (UTC)
Part of the problem with commercialism is that its primary goal (and it does it so well) is to make those who own businesses more money, the amount of money made roughly proportionate to the size of the company.

Once the owner(s) have the money, they are most inclined to spend it on themselves or on things to make them look good, like expensive office furnishings, fancy cars, and the like.

What I really wish would happen is for business owners or managers or people in positions to do so would try to help the homeless and jobless to get a job so they wouldn't be either.
However, most people in a position to something like that are either more interested in themselves or they don't know how to start it.
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[User Picture]From: deckardcanine
2007-06-27 04:22 pm (UTC)
Not a communist either, but I am about ready to look into distributionism.
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