Matter Triumphs Over Spirit


Viikko 14


Date: Apr 5th, 2017
Motion: THB that greed stands in the way of self-realization
Role: PM (gov.)

One may ask oneself why the world is in constant economic turmoil.

I think I’ve got the answer for that. The simple reason is that everyone is taking more and giving less. This happens across the board, and that’s why the world is in constant state of economic flux.

Let us take a closer look.

There are those who are able to achieve a Big Thing. When someone is able to do something unique, this world rewards the individual in question lavishly. Basically, (s)he can rake home however big a sum (s)he pleases. This is not even a question of age. The youngest self-made millionaires are barely out of their teens. This group of people includes but isn’t restricted to F1 drivers, star football players, start-up entrepreneurs who get the public’s attention (and money, in some cases), patent holders, TV hosts, big industry leaders, big service-industry leaders, chairmen of the board, CEOs, CFOs, CCOs, CTOs, actors, directors, producers, and so on, and so on. All of them contribute something valuable to the economy, but the contribution is often lopsided to the amount of money they make while they’re doing so. The worrisome aspect is not the money per se, as if it was somehow corruptive, but the fact that the incentive to improve and go on working for a living may have vanished after the initial success, as it has brought in so much money that working beyond that point would be futile as seen from a layman’s point of view.

Then there are those who are able to do Something. These people have a far lower profile in society, and they cannot usually be categorised as celebrities or even any kind of ”concealebrities”, as they usually make a lot less dough than the aforementioned and don’t get recognised by the media. A lot of times the earning power of these people is tied up to holding some kind of a coveted, prestigious degree. They may not be able to even do their work properly, but as they get a position holding that degree, the workplace coalesces around them, and then they can delegate the actual work to their underlings and bask in the warmth of having generated something ”together”. This group of people includes but isn’t restricted to administrators, principals, lawyers, doctors, middle management, clergymen (priests, ministers, bishops, archbishops), consultants, day traders, high-paid journalists, diplomats and so on, and so on. I’m not saying that they all are useless, but having hundreds of thousands of analysts and experts on a payroll with a salary is a very expensive business.

Finally, there are some (and it’s a growing number) who can do Nothing. These people have a varying background. Some come from well-off families but most come from working-class or underclass parents. These people blame just about everything in their lives (that is wrong) on society. That they’re fat is society’s fault. That they don’t know how to run a business is society’s fault. That they don’t have offspring is society’s fault. For all that, towards and until the end of their lives they will be dependent on social-security subsidies and transfers, such as a pension or unemployment benefit. Other taxpayers fund their way of life. The amount of money they get is paltry compared with what others get, but the point is that it extends very far in time and it has not been earned in any way. Because they live like that to the end of their lives, the sum total won’t be nearly as big as the sum total of what a well-off person has spent during one’s life, but it is still going to be something astonishing as a tally.

What unites people (unless they’re really really good, and really cool) is that they tend to take more than give. This is universal. This is ingrained. The sense of entitlement runs very deep through the marrow of Western Society. And it has also its counterparts in Russian, Indian, Arabic and Asian societies. If we have something to give, we tend to take fourfold. And why the heck do we do this?

Going after the Fat of the Land is sensible and understandable to some extent. People have needs. People’s families have needs. I understand and accept that people want to

  1. have a fast car (as it’s not merely aesthetic to look at but also convenient)
  2. throw a sumptuous wedding
  3. live in a villa on a hill (as it’s not merely convenient but also healthy)
  4. be able to fund all of their children’s education at a most expensive foreign university
  5. pay for their own funerals with the biggest tombstone and the most comfortable coffin

Many people, in any event, could pay for all of this after having earned about 10 million. Still, many more go out of their way to earn sums way above and beyond that kind of a sum.

Why, oh why?
There’s my question.

Arvio: Pääministeri lataa päälinjaukset pöytään tällä puheella. Jos ajatellaan, että hän puhuisi taloudellisesta näkökulmasta, tiimikaveri ja seuraava puhuja poliittisesta ja edustaja kenties psykologisesta, tämän puolen henkinen anti olisi aika lailla taputeltu. Puhe loppuu hienosti kysymykseen, joka hiillostaa molempia puolia eteenpäin.



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