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.
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
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.
Bureaucracy is a special sort of organizational structure which takes the citizen through a maze to reach a decision-making, mostly at the top of the organizational structure. Bureaucracy was put into place, I believe to actually help with providing more freedom to lots of different citizens. However, because of the rules and regulations that have to be followed by each bureaucrat what happens is that the citizen sometimes can receive more challenges and less freedoms even though the opposite was the intention. Bureaucracy was supposed to provide top quality services to citizens but the opposite happens in practice. Cutting down on bureaucracy can be perceived as a good move, but sometimes when humans have the intention to do good, the opposite happens by accident. In Victoria City, Vancouver Island, British Columbia Canada hospitals have attempted to cut down on bureaucracy and in effect what happens is that they created, unintentionally silos or sub-organizations, where the bureaucracy re-occurs but inside silo sub hospital organizations hence shifting the problem of bureaucracy into another form without actually solving the bureaucracy issue. *Note, always open to dialogue.
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.
In 2016 I tried to contribute to change the best way that I knew how. I attempted to communicate to the higher levels regarding the ideas that I had regarding the people that they were representing. When I attempted to communicate to them, my ideas fell onto deaf ears. I was censored. I was actually censored by the very people that I built as my allies. My allies started to silence and veto my voice as a representative of the others. When I initially went to the organizations, as an individual creating my own path into the community I was welcomed, but when I started to develop an opinion, develop initiative and innovation and when I started to be able to understand the represented group and was advocating on their behalf – that is when I got shut down. The Leaders in the community that once welcomed me with open arms now attempted to seal me off. To me, this was the opposite of the intended prediction. As each of us shared the same mission – to help other people. But then why was it that when I could see through my own eyes and learnt how to use my own language to express my views instead of using the language of the clinical projection was I then black bagged? To me it seemed clear that my being silenced was not about kindness on behalf of the organization to me, but it was the opposite. It seemed so ironic that when I was reaching out to others, and receiving traction that this act was condemned by the people in charge. To me, and my own ethics, I journeyed throughout life based on my own virtues and my own ethics which was not linked to money, greed or power. All of the things I was working on were in order to help other people. Why then was all of it not appreciated by the top people in charge of the organizations? Of course, the question is a paradox, and I do not expect a candid answer (but would be open if someone gave me one); instead the point is that I reached my top within a number of organizations in 2016. I reached the ceiling and had no where else to go, but elsewhere to continue to develop, create and plan to continue to put my ideas and philosophies into effect the best way I know how – through Good Faith.