In 2017 the world is getting a lot smaller, not bigger. Politics is taking over every corner of the world. Everyone wants to get ahead but the jobs become less and less. Us, as human beings have begun to evolve faster and faster into some what super humans who seem to be able to do a lot more then in previous years. The efficiency of the corporate model is still valid; however technology; super strength of the employee and the development of industry at an all-time low contribute to a melt-down in the world of economics. If we are to think about the future, it is clear that industries need less manpower to do more. This is going to led to a mass unemployment on the planet. The only ones who are going to survive are the innovators. What are the industries of the future when everything seems to have been invented already? As a human race, I think it is not logical to want to regress into an old way of life, so looking into the past for answers is probably not the best solution.
One example is the retail industry. Currently in 2017, a Super Center would employ 600 employees, mostly full-time 7 years ago. Now, at the same store there may be 600 employees still on the payroll but the average hours of the workers have all decreased to less than part-time hours. On the surface of things, the amount of workers looks the same for the tax revenue company but in actual fact 3/4 of the hourly wages have been cut in stealth. This act is mostly done in a kind of a secret way, as not to alarm the Municipalities, the Province and the Federal Government in which the Super Center operates. This means that the numbers of staff and the hours of the staff have changed significantly. It is important for corporate companies to reflect the true financial and operational situation to the government; but at the same time, the government creates checks and balances of specific corporations in such a way, as to not receive an accurate account of what is actually happening in a corporation. This leads to a lack of responsibility on behalf of the government, because in many cases, they will say, “We were not informed of these economic trends; we did not know.” So what then happens is that one day, in the not so distant future, many workers will not be able to sustain themselves from their income. That will in turn lead to more crimes being committed and more demands on the health care system. The jail system would then become overloaded and the health care system as well. This phenomenon, in my opinion, cannot be avoided. It is like a flooding dam that is about to burst. It is no use trying to repair it when it on the verge of falling a part. Economics, like nature is very hard to predict exactly when a crisis will strike. Looking at history, one can understand and learn the patterns and try to come up with both part-time, full-time and permanent solutions – however mostly what humans do is solve things as they fall a part and not sooner; because a lot of the time, it is the hope it will not happen.
Some corporations operate in a different mode. They themselves start to panic and create plans and blue-prints to prevent a failure from happening. They try to keep on surviving. Yet other companies make decisions based on the idea of failure; which seems to be an ironic perspective but it is not. It is not an ironic situation because it means the company is gearing for a fall-out. Sometimes it makes economic and financial sense to cut parts of the company out of the equation. For example, if a company has 32 departments and only 3 are profitable; then they may make the decision to cut out 29 departments.
(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.
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.
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.
A State of Blood, The Inside Story of Idi Amin by Henry Kyemba, Paddington Press, Ltd., 1977
White African, an Early Autobiography by L.S.B. Leakey, Cambridge Massachesetts 02138, 1966
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
Operation Moses, The Story of the Exodus of the Falasha Jews from Ethiopia, Tudor Parfitt, Weidenfeld and Nicolson London, 1985
Great Zimbabwe, P.S. Garlake, Thames and Hudson, 1973
South Africa and the Logic of the Regional Cooperation, James J. Hentz, Indiana University Press, 2005
After Apartheid, Reinventing South Africa? Ian Shapiro and Kahreen Tebeau, University of Virginia Press, 2011
The Republic of the Transkei, Chris van Rensburg Publications Ltd., 1976
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?
Martin Luther King had the ability to actually listen to the community and hear what they all were saying. He then tried to make change. He was able to see all kinds of injustices being done to others and he stood up for them in order to bring justice to them all. He was shot dead.