Posted by: eileenandrory | June 7, 2009

Blogging from work

It seems so decadent…

Anyway my run this morning was difficult, Mondays always are, i don’t know why they just are.

“When the Rich make war, it is the Poor that die” I got that from a Linkin Park song.

The first thing i thought about was traditional war, modern war seems to be more about the strong fighting the weak <hasn’t that always been the case?>

But today you could equally apply this sentiment to the economic crisis, when the fat cats make war, it is the poor that get hurt…

 

Rory

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  1. Well, by definition there has to be at least two sides to a war, and one side has to be the weaker one, since the probability of the two sides having exact same strength is practically zero.

    So war has always been strong fighting the weak, as no conflict will never be perfectly evenly matched.

    As for the rich making the rest of us suffer, I agree it is unjust, but so far humanity hasn’t come up with a better alternative to capitalism yet.

    I am all for progressive measures, I just don’t want to repeat the past mistakes. The reason we are facing a repeat of the Great Depression is because lessons from the Gilded Age were forgotten. I hope we don’t have to learn the lessons of communism again.

    • I’m not sure that there has to be a ‘war’ and I am equally unsure that it is the ‘rich’ who are at fault. I think its more an insidious form of unenlightened self interest that drags most people down and the poor are equally to blame. What do I mean by that? If you truly think that you can be by yourself and sit on all of your rewards off the backs of other people, or if you expect everyone to help you when you don’t help yourself, then you get what comes to you. True enlightened self interest comes to both rich and poor. It is a realisation that helping other people as well as your self is a genuinely selfish and self-interested thing to do. It makes your community better and therefore your life better – in short, why wouldn’t you?

      I listened to a news report this morning on the fact that baby boomers are the least likely age group to volunteer and that made me very very mad. This is the group of people that expect the next generation to pick up their retirement tab. Maybe they think that we ‘owe’ it to them. Maybe they think they have already paid for it – in part they have. But its that short sighted selfishness rather than a genuine community seated selfishness (I know that seems like an oxymoron) that got us into this mess in the first place. Actually now I think about it, its those same baby boomers who DID get us into this mess, it’s predominantly that age group who ran the banks and other businesses into the ground. So I guess I should not be so surprised when they say they don’t want to help out. Maybe its a result of ‘pulling up the boot straps’ after WW2 – whatever it is, it still makes me angry – and its not about them being rich. They just don’t seem to care.

      E xx


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