Paradoxical System

by Milo Clark

July 7, 2003


Paradox remains the nature of actuality.

And, yes, the more it changes, the more it is the same.

Yet, never the same same.

The Economist insists, on reviewing its 160 years of publishing, that capitalism is still the better system. If only it were not for greed.

The Financial Times notes that trust in management, trust in directors, trust in employers, trust in bosses while declining still remains fairly strong among as many as one third of poll respondents.

Hannah Arendt identifies that the development and proliferation of bureaucracies so totally impersonalizes governance as to create a kind of mindless violence within organizations, among organizations, through organizations.

Organizations are modern day Kali. Devouring devotees. Spitting them out. Tromping them into ecstasy.

Kali is the other side of the same.

Gautama Buddha names suffering or ignorance as the root factor governing human life.

The way out, he insisted, was to abandon desire, in itself a desire.

All morality and perhaps even ethics are grounded in some form of Golden Rule, do unto others as you would be done.

Comes down to doing unto others before they get a chance to do it to you.

Science extends and expands human living to the point where human living overwhelms life.

Progress progresses to masking retrogressing. Yesterday was better and tomorrow promises to be worse.

But for him not for me.

Who knows yesterday anymore?

Democracy progresses to invasion by the more powerful to suppress, release, liberate to subjection anew.

Sharing ruins amidst rubble.

Dust to dust.

Kali embraces her prey with questing arms and voracious jaws clamping life from her devotees so they may be free.

Old songs are swept away by technological advances distancing audience from music.

There are no excesses not being exceeded excessively.

Leopold Kohr tells us that everything has its natural size. If exceeded, it implodes.

Corporate take-overs, mergers, acquisitions are trumpeted as the way out of implosion.

Layoffs, redundancies, re-engineering, too.

Smaller, closed out, shutdown, dropped invigorates profitability.

Ever-expanding arsenals are the path to disarmament.

More people earning less, if anything at all, are exhorted to consume more.

To be hungry ghosts.

Refinance to liberate cash.

Run up more credit cards.

Warehouses overflow with unsaleable goods.

Happiness is right here.

Believe it.

I do.

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Published July 7, 2003
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