a rather not so intelligent design...

"Our enormously productive economy... demands that we make consumption our way of life, that we convert the buying and use of goods into rituals, that we seek our spiritual satisfaction, our ego satisfaction, in consumption... we need things consumed, burned up, replaced and discarded at an ever-accelerating rate."Victor Lebow - Price Competition in 1955

Sometimes, some little thingie puts us back a step to behold life in a slightly different perspective. The Story of Stuff is a nicely fastpaced documentary clearly pointing out some sobering facts.
Not that the information is all that new to me at least, or the bleek prospects, but it was a surprise this ruthless consumerism is by design.. but what to expect from a country which used foreign aid to increase it's international power...
Other sobering news forwarded by an old colleague and friend, just strengthens the perception of ruthlessness, even despite this company's potential in face of a particular fact-based vision of the technological future ahead.

Howcome so much of Western businesses have a top management that is inhuman? Why do investors stick with them? Common sense makes it so obvious.. and it's not even hidden in euphemisms and other forms of modern-day "soft language". They have no heart, no heart means no life. That can only head for destruction, either of themselves or, as they appear to have been doing for the last few years, of the company they "lead".. Are things only so clear when being an animist ?

Scorpion wants to cross a river, but he can't swim. Goes to the frog, who can, and asks for a ride. Frog says, "If I give you a ride on my back, you'll go and sting me."
Scorpion replies, "It would not be in my interest to sting you since as I'll be on your back we both would drown."
Frog thinks about this logic for a while and accepts the deal. Takes the scorpion on his back. Braves the waters.
Halfway over feels a burning spear in his side and realizes the scorpion has stung him after all.
And as they both sink beneath the waves the frog cries out,"Why did you sting me, Mr. Scorpion, for now we both will drown?" Scorpion replies, "I can't help it, it's in my nature."

What can i say.. "Man is the measure of all things: of things which are, that they are, and of things which are not, that they are not"..
Have you ever heard of insect politics? Neither have I.

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