I work at a store in Victoria City, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada and on my days off I go to the local main university library. The store I work at has 32 departments and it effectively has three floors, though one bottom floor is only used the in the spring and summer time for customer sales. The store is about the same size as the university library and to me the construct, architecturally of the store and the university are the same. Both the store and the university are businesses and both are corporations. One sells tangible products whereas the other sells intangible products. Both of the architecture buildings are about the same size as each other; and they both have very similar architectural designs of big blocks of cement cut into 3 zones or levels. To me, what I find remarkable is the level of quality in each organization. The educational institution library seems to me to be run inadequately whereas the store seems to be run on a skeleton crew who cover only critical veins and hubs, as in a crisis military outreach style. The library seems to have an abundance of paid staff members far exceeding the amount of labour available for the employee to actually perform. Whereas, in the store the employee is always actively working in a physical way; the library clerk sits passively at a desk awaiting one or two clients in a matter of a few hours time. One environment, the store, has 6000 customers coming through their doors and in the library there are about 20 clients coming through the doors per day. The academic library gets excessive government funding and the store cuts corners in an unethical and corrupt – but not a criminal way in order to keep ahead of the other stores competition. The sales clerk in the store is constantly on the move in the surveillance culture corporation and the library clerk in the university sits there day-dreaming about the open space and beautiful landscapes which surround the open windowed glass environment. The quality of life scales of the library clerk can clearly exceed the quality of life of the sales clerk in the store; whereas it is the sales clerk in the store that is operating more efficiently; is the fastest and the most competitive of all humans in design and has the quick on the fly answers to the human condition that go way beyond the call of duty of any communication skills acquired elsewhere in the human sector. Yet there is a stigma attached to the sales clerk and not the library clerk. This makes our society unfair; and the hardest worker, the sales clerk, not only has the hardest job out of the two jobs – but also encounters societal prejudice based on an assumption that the sales clerk is stupid and slow which is clear a false assumption; as it is the library clerk who is clearly stupid and slow.
Since 2017 the United States President has been installed. This USA President, in my personal opinion, has very low standards. He is a wealth and a financially rich man, but as an individual he does not seem to care about other human beings. I can tell this first hand, because of my personal experience working inside an American company in Canada, which is a stone throw away from the USA border. Since the installation of the current USA President the company where I work has gotten a lot meaner. The human element has been thrown out the window; and the only value that my American company has in Canada is the value of financial profit. If President Obama was still in power; this type of value system would have been matched by the human factor. In which now, in 2017, the human factor, in my case, is 100% eliminated from the equation of doing business in the Canadian city in which I live. I believe that it is a direct result of the installation of the current 2017 USA President that has allowed a dark cloud to merge and float over Victoria City, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. A capitol city a stone throw away from Seattle, Washington State, the United States of America.
Right now, the media and the newspapers all across the global are covering President Trump, the USA 2017 President. What the media is not doing accurately, in my opinion, is covering the stories from the lowest level of people on the organizational totem pole – who are the ones who are always effected the first and the most by economical fall-out and financial disparities. The voices of the sales clerks on the grass-roots level in stores are not having their voices heard; as they are being silenced and held in a vacuum by powerful authority figures in large and ever-powerful over-ruling USA corporations, operating outside of the USA borders.
The conundrum of the economical climate which has been stirred up by President Trump in Canada, is like the three daggers in the painting below. The three daggers in the hand of the leader represent a 3-way conundrum: namely
The loss of human economic identity
The loss of a democratic voice in the democratic system
A total marginalization of the ultimate underdog in the Western financial Neo Economic Turn-out caused by President Trumps politics and financial decision-making; which is having a fall-out trickle effect within the first five months of his term.
Artist is Jacques-Louis David, the painting is called, “Oath of the Horatii.”
In To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus defended Tom Robinson. This was a losing battle even though it was clear Tom Robinson was innocent. Did Atticus take on this case for some higher purpose? Did he take on this case and try to convince the jury of Tom Robinson’s innocence? Did he try for the case to be a vehicle of change in society? I wonder how many lawyers there are current day, that have the same convictions as Atticus?
In 2017 in the Western World, and with President Donald J. Trump in power in America, how is this going to effect the present and the future for the artist? In order to find the answer to the question, one needs to look into the past. Here is a short summary of diverse kinds of visuals used when times have gotten tough and when social systems erode. This is how artists have responded, not with many words, but with their art work as their voice piece.
This is my artwork. The horse and rider symbolize injustice. The horses’ name is Virgil and the riders’ name is Joepiedom. Joepiedom is a name that I made up before I developed the rider character. The horse and rider travel around trying to identify injustice and reverse it. That is their purpose in life. This art piece is called “Standard Deviation” created on January 13, 2017 in Victoria City, Vancouver Island, British Columbia in Canada.