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.

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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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Being led by feelings

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Had a meeting the other day and during the meeting my partner started leading a different way. This caused me tension as I knew instinctively that this was wrong. I knew that feeding the lion raw fresh meat was not a good tactic because the lion will eat your hand and arm as well as the meat, and the lion could possibly eat you whole as well. I felt that tactic being applied by my partner was very naive and without forethought, which would enable the lion to escape and get off. My partners communication style was dangerously close to luring and trapping me in the lion’s cage. My partner seemed unintentionally to be luring me into a unstable situation, one which he would ultimately have no control over and I would end up being the victim of. What happened is my instincts kicked in. I knew I had to start communicating in a sink or swim manner in order to over-ride his words and come out on top. I knew instinctively that he is no match for the lion and to pretend to be is stupid, deadly and filled with a completely lack of respect for the animal kingdom and their power. I would not be a victim to this. I had to stand and take charge.

 

What is Cancer anyway?

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The illness cancer is such a personal medical illness that I wonder what the public actually knows or understands from cancer. How is cancer created? How is the illness developed? Who gets it? And who is exempt from cancer? In which country is there more cancer than other countries? And do some countries register cancer while other countries do not? How far has the cancer research come in the last decade? Is there a cure of some cancers and not others?

The view point of cancer from the perspective of a doctor would be very different then the view point of a patient inflicted with cancer. I do not think a medical doctor who is specialized in one from of cancer or the other would be able to treat his / her own cancer. The doctor who got cancer him / herself would have to get treated by other medical cancer specialists.

Cancer is often pain and suffering. It needs intensive medical treatment and medicine to help conquer the cancer. Many people in the Western world as in the Eastern world get the illness. It does not discriminate. One of the most inspiration cancer patients is the Canadian named Terry Fox. As a young teenage Canadian he attempted to run from one side of Canada to the other in the name of cancer. He attempted to raise awareness about the disease, and at the same time he was an Existentialist who believed in fighting for the right to live and have a higher quality of life for all kinds of individuals with cancer; and all the types of different cancer was key to his existence. Terry Fox, the Canadian cancer advocate was a selfless human, an altruistic human and an inspiration to many generations in the medical industry and beyond, all in the name of cancer. He is a hero. His statue is placed in Victoria City, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada at Mile Zero for all to see.

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

 

 

 

Books I’m reading April 13, 2017. Canada

 

  1. Princes of the Mughal Empire, 1504 to 1719, by Munis D. Faruqui, Cambridge University Press, 2012
  2. The Munghal Empire, Michael H. Fisher, I.B. Tauris, London and New York, 2016
  3. Compound Dilemmas, Democracy, Collective Action, and Superpower Rivalry by Michael D. McGinnis and John T. Williams, Ann Arbor, The University of Michigan Press, 2004
  4. For the Soul of Mankind, The United States, The Soviet Union, and The Cold War, by Melvyn P. Leffler, Hill and Wang, 2007
  5. Orgins of Containment, A Psychological Explanation, by Deborah Welch Larson, Princeton University Press, 1985
  6. Racism without Racists, Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in the United States by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers Inc. 2006
  7. Cecil Rhodes, Flawed Colossus by Brian Roberts, Hamish Hamilton, London, 1987
  8. Khomeini’s Ghost, The Iranian Revolution and the Rise of Militant Islam by Con Coughlin, Harpers Collins Publishers, 2009
  9. Eagle’s Nest, Ismaili Castles in Iran and Syria by Peter Willey, I. B. Tauris Publishers, 2005
  10. The Mughal and the Sikh Rulers and the Vaishnava of Pindori, by B.N. Goswamy and J.S. Grewal, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, 1969
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