Stupid and slow: University versus Store

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.

Photograph of a Bosch machine.

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The lure of finance

Finances are considered to be like museum pieces. Some powerful managers in corporations cannot get enough of either excessive amounts of finance nor power. It is a zeal that is ingrown into a soul. It becomes like a passion, to acquire more and more and place it in vaults and have it locked away where no one can see it. In the 1941 movie Citizen Kane, Orson Welles captures the spirit of the financier and entrepreneur. Somehow finance becomes like a silent war where the amount of financial equations, sums and financial stock becomes more and more a race against time to acquire more and more. The skill in finance is to find out techniques and tactics to increase the amount of wealth. A banker who uses this style often has no compassion for the little man who ended up losing his house because he was unable to pay the high mortgage to the bank instead the bankers mind would only narrow in on his own profit-sharing and financial bonuses. To some very financially rich professionals, their monetary achievements are worth way more to them then their families, friends and loved-ones. Often, to the workers who are at the mercy of very financially wealthy bankers / tycoons they see owner of the business as the enemy because of how much lack of respect, compassion and understanding he has towards them – who in their eyes do all the manual labour and the hard work with little compensation whereas the top owner makes all the profits by sitting at his desk or playing golf. Finance is a mystery. Often people who get educated in finance do not succeed in the financial field and often people from the street, with zero trained can become instant stock-brokers at the New York Stock Exchange. Finance is like life it is one of the deepest mysteries as to how one can succeed and the other cannot not. Perhaps in life, we are all given equal opportunities, but some can profit from their gifts financially and some cannot. It is a puzzle how Kane made all his finances; but it is not a puzzle that many people that encountered him did not like him. It seems that the financial side of Kane combined with his will to gain power corrupted him so much as to make him a bitter human being. But this is only speculation.

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Fake news is authentic news

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(Picture from a Hong Kong art gallery that sold a Tin tin comic book page for $1 million, recently)

In 2017 the United State of America’s President Trump keeps on talking about Fake News. But in actual fact the news he is furthering to is not fake at all. The news items that Trump does not like, he refers to as fake. But most of the news articles have been written by prominent American journalists who look critically at Trumps’ administration. President Trump appears to have an ego of a business man, and in order to develop the ego of a government representative he is going to have to rely on changing his impulsive behavior for a more diplomatic behavior. I believe this is possible and I believe Trump has already started to curb his attitude to be more suited to USA politics. To me, Trump is a little bit like the comic book figure Tin Tin; who is a character who, in my opinion, tries to solve unknown cases meets friends along the way and travels into new charted territory without ever being really afraid of it.

 

Employment on Vancouver Island, British Columbia Canada

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I have been employed with Company X for 8 years now. It is amazing the ingenious nature of the Head-Quarters running Company X. The MBA trained Executives and Masters of Organizational Psychologist Executive come up with wild and exciting blueprints which lead to efficiency and more effective business protocols. Somehow the Top Executives study the Employment Laws into the tiniest details and then create sub-set business models inside the multiple companies in the form of pilot projects. The
Upper Management Teams at the Head-Quarters figure out ways to slash the jobs of their upper level co-workers as well as the lower level co-workers. The scheme created by the Master of Business Administration trained Top Executives are so precise and conducted with such a precision; plus covered up with a psychological business flare as to cover up any signs of imbalance to the employment system – that witnessing & experiencing the roll out of these pilot projects are flawless; and they get implemented as easy as the pureness of opium in Afghanistan.

Reading builds empathy, April 2017

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Books that I have read, April 19, 2017. I am currently reading Nelson Mandela’s book, Long Walk to Freedom, and while I read I read other subjects to create a greater understand of the African context, in order to try to imagine the situations Nelson Mandela and others like him encountered.

  1. A State of Blood, The Inside Story of Idi Amin by Henry Kyemba, Paddington Press, Ltd., 1977
  2. White African, an Early Autobiography by L.S.B. Leakey, Cambridge Massachesetts 02138, 1966
  3. Kaffir Boy, The True Story of a Black Youth’s Coming of Age in Apartheid South Africa, Mark Mathabane, Macmillan publishing company, New York, 1986
  4. Operation Moses, The Story of the Exodus of the Falasha Jews from Ethiopia, Tudor Parfitt, Weidenfeld and Nicolson London, 1985
  5. Great Zimbabwe, P.S. Garlake, Thames and Hudson, 1973
  6. South Africa and the Logic of the Regional Cooperation, James J. Hentz, Indiana University Press, 2005
  7. After Apartheid, Reinventing South Africa? Ian Shapiro and Kahreen Tebeau, University of Virginia Press, 2011
  8. The Republic of the Transkei, Chris van Rensburg Publications Ltd., 1976

 

 

 

Equality versus Capitalism

January 26, 2017: Life has changed. Or has it really? Equality is a very specific human quality that is very hard to attain. It would be great if humans would be open-minded to achieve equality as a group effort; however equality probably only works if humans are altruistic in nature and according to the theory, Survival of the Fittest, this is not the true nature of humans. In fact it seems that the true nature of humans is selfishness. Humans can change their natures from a selfish nature to a selfless nature however it takes years and years of constant practice; and in many cases – and in all irony – selfless acts go unrewarded. So, in humanity this element leads to a selfish society. It would be great if it was not so, however – if selfish behavior leads to power, security of ones family and a perceived safety; who would challenge that? Within a capitalist society, it is often so that the more powerful the person – the more he is perceived by the capitalist society as being a good human. Perhaps within the realm of power – there are sub-components of influence, but in the end, if a society of humans do not become true selfless individuals the element of true equality cannot be achieved. If you disagree with this, let me know. Always open to dialogue. At the same time, silence is respected as well.

(Photo: Wild Fire Fort McMurray, 2016 Canada)

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Stalemate

2017 a New Year! What will happen this year? What are the expectations? The ideals, the desires? How can we make the world a better place? Have not many people before us tried to stop injustices? Does injustices continue because of power, control and influence in the hands of a few? Humanity has attempted to change throughout the decades but it always seems to fall right back into the rolls of the powerful and the powerless. This creates an imbalance whereby injustices are constantly born. Can true equality be achieved and if so how? Two major contradictions in humanity are [1] bullying and [2] socialism. First, bullying is an unkind act but gets rewarded and often leads to powerful position within a company; and second socialism is based on a decentralized system of equality which almost always leads to installing corrupt people gaining power in a model which is focused on non-power and equality. So if bullying is rewarded and socialism a unattainable ideal in real-life how can equality for all be gained? Is there such a things as evil benevolence? And if so does evil benevolence really mean to have power over others? Is this the disguise? Will life always be a yin and a yang – never being an absolute of completely good, or completely bad – but rather a little bit of both? Is this the human destiny? Or is a stalemate the destiny?

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