- Personal Finance
#%$@ Morals, Get Your Money!
The idea of doing business is to make as much profit as possible with the least amount of risk. There is no mention of ethics. As I wrote in a previous piece, here in Toronto we have a one hour news-business sort of television program “The Lang & O’Learry Exchange) every day, where one of the hosts (a successful venture capitalist, Kevin O’Learry) tells the audience that: “Money is all that matters.” And “Greed is good.”
“Don’t trust nobody,
‘cause when you turn your back
They puttin’ a hole in your body
And you start leakin’,
You ain’t breathin’ …” B-Real, “Snake Eyes”
Popular culture portrays the idea that money is good and that there are many people out there who want to harm us. That has had quite an effect on people I think; which continues to change and grow. The fear of the unknown, reinforced by a lack of education, added on top of the belief that everyone should aspire to have as much money as possible because that is what creates happiness, has gotten us to shed our morals and try to horde wealth by any means.
I read an article in the Rolling Stone Magazine which focused on two twenty year old guys out of Florida (I think), who were complete stoners yet, they managed to be selling armament to the Pentagon (http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-stoner-arms-dealers-20110316?page=3). All shady business but who cares? Money is money, it does not care whose hand it’s in and most people do not care from whose hand it comes from. That is the way our societies have been set-up: the Market has a bad day – we have a bad day. If the Market fluctuates, so does our heart-beat.
Not many people seem to want to make much of a change in this system of beliefs. Who cares about justice? I can commit any crime I want if I have enough money to swarm a court-room with the best lawyers in the world. “Anything is possible, it just costs more”, I am not sure where I heard that but I do believe it applies to the world we live in.
Therefore, cash-in quick (like all the bankers did with-in the last year) because there isn’t much left. We do live in quite a lawless world. We pretend we are civilized yet, we often close our eyes or turn our head away in the face of injustice and inhumanity. We must truly be enjoying the irresponsible manner in which we live our lives. I might still get that Lamborghini …