I know a lot of bankers. Some are retired, some are still working, some are off doing even more amazing things in their careers. I have to admit every one of them are pretty decent people in their own right. Of course, you’d expect their life styles to reflect their industry, and for the most part they do, right down to the high-end Mercedes parked in the driveway, a car previously known in history as the Official Luxury Car of the Third Reich.
History; you can always find an argument about whether or not history should play a role in how you deal, in the future, with a given Person, Place, or Whatever. Some people may say “Don’t be counting what happened in the past as a reflection of the future,” others may say “Once a Cheater, always a Cheater.” Again, such broad considerations concerning history reflect differently on what you are referring to, or who.
History, in the world of computers, is defined as the systems, the hardware, the software, that we have constructed in the past. Nothing philosophical about it, nothing moral or immoral about it, computer stuff is pretty black and white. They’re nothing more then glorified hammers, if you put it into the proper perspective; tools which allow us to go about our lives with less effort.
Of course, when you look at the people and events that made the world of computers the way it is, all of our 7 deadly sins are revisited at one time or another. The same could be said about Mercedes-Benz, if you wanted to rethink that little remark I made earlier.
Bankers are getting a raw deal these days; sure they have their share of crooks, but what industry doesn’t? They live by the law, and if the law says they can give credit cards to anyone capable of holding a pen to sign their name so be it, the Law said they Can. Wall Street didn’t crash the world’s financial markets; Bay Street didn’t force thousands of Canadians to go bankrupt just so they could smirk and giggle every time some poor slob’s wallet dies of starvation.
Financial markets, like all big business, make huge profits by exploiting the Law. It may not be moral but it’s legal. We the People vote in the leaders that are coerced and/or bribed to make the laws that business exploits, so from a black and white perspective, who really is to blame for this mess?
Perspective brings about different considerations concerning a person, thing, or event for that matter. The Occupy Movement is both a celebration and a victim of perspective; the underlying concerns and objectives of the individuals participating in these various gatherings have, for the first time in our world’s history, combined to create a subjective mission statement outlined in the most black and white of terms: The way things are done is not working , and maybe never did.
People view the Occupy Movement in different ways, depending on their own, unique situations. For most it is just ignored, a minor issue in their already hectic, or perhaps sedentary lives. For others, it marks a time in our history where the world is speaking in unison, making us realize that all the things we thought were wrong about the world really are wrong, and we’re not the only ones who know it.
Many perceive the Occupy Movement is all about global issues, or national ones, when in fact it’s all grassroots; it’s about all the issues that we as individuals deal with in our personal lives. We also see hope that since all the people of our modern societies we now have the ability to address the world’s issues , we also have the ability to do something about it, all of it. The ones who take up the torch from here, will ultimately be the ones who make the changes that can only come from a new look at the way we allow our world to be run.
A great leader in my industry, Steve Jobs once said “The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” He was absolutely right.
The ‘System’ needs an upgrade.