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.
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?
In 2017 fairness is something that a lot of human beings seem to want to have in their lives. Some people do receive a good amount of fairness and others do not receive much fairness at all. The whole definition of fairness is very hard to fit into an exact scope as what one experiences as fairness, the other does not. At the same time, I believe that culturally in Victoria City, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada there really is a universal level of what is fairness and what is considered to be unfair. A lot of the unfairness that Victoria City citizens experience is often not expressed outright. In fact many people in Victoria City often do not wish to discuss it at all – not within their families, not within a work place situation and not within a university environment, (because the University of Victoria is one of the biggest universities in British Columbia and it is right here in the heart of Victoria City where many organizations in Victoria City are linked with UVic). There are values and norms around what is fair and what is not. Often citizens of Victoria: in their environments and within the circles they operate in – can witness both fairness and unfairness on a daily basis. But how many of the citizens actually stop to ponder about it? How many citizens stop and think: how can more fairness be attained for everyone? This question has to start off as a philosophical question. How can fairness be reached and what is fairness? Fairness can be reached by changing a culture, something which the Victoria based artist, Emily Carr could not achieve in the 1900’s, but has the Victoria society developed since that time?
In Victoria city – there is a very big component called Protectionism. Like the University of Victoria being involved in almost all types of community organizations, Provincial government organizations and Federal government organizations in Victoria – so does the word Protectionism apply to all of these areas.Protectionism in Victoria is a political word that disallows fairness to prevail in the city. It is like a fence created between us and them – where fairness is to the right and unfairness to the left. There is too much resistance to change for this to morph into fairness. How can we break down the fences together? Any ideas, comments? Feel free to write.