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.
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.
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 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.
The Alice in Wonderland Syndrome Reversed is the highly skilled method used by people in powerful positions to be able to put themselves in the shoes of others of lesser power. It is a very rare professional skill that requires practice, training and experience.
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.