Wednesday, July 1, 2009
free market democracy
Another thing to balance.
The only thing to balance?
Being consumed by an insatiable desire to work, is to be driven to be drove into the ground. This comes at a metaphor and an eventual literal prediction. The sacrifices made to quell a workaholic appetite can easily cross the border from healthy to otherwise. The "sacrifices" come at the expense of personal physical health, psychological health, family....the list goes on. These sacrifices can be seen as misplaced. Not only to suffice for the inevitable need for the basics, namely: food, clothing, shelter and now in some societies, an education, but to elevate the accumulation of monetary digital decimal places in order to take the place of what used to be the desire to accumulate tangible resources necessary for survival but now for credit in the form of ones and zeros.
Bernard Madoff just sentenced to 150 years. What kind of arbitrary number is that really. This man embodies the idea of greed, is the new face of "deadly sin". Why not simply give him life in prison? To put a number on it, any number, is to subversely acknowledge that we as a society do not fully condone greedy behavior, for our precious Free Market Democracy is based on it. If Madoff was sentenced to life in prison it would send the message that, "well people, look what happens when you get greedy.....you are bound to die in a place that is confining and undesirable". Of coarse being 71 years old, Madoff is probably destined to die in prison anyway even if he had the same sentence at age 7. That is besides the point. The rhetoric is still leaving the door open. The belief that rehabilitation for reintegration is one that is highly admirable and one that is under utilized in the United States to some standards but in some ways you can not teach an old dog....and the extent and thorough devastation that was inflicted is unforgivable and in some extremely unique cases figureheads for such acts of selfish impropriety, these kinds of people, just like those who bless our species with examples of selfless propriety could be treated as standards on one end, high, of the spectrum, could be treated as lower ends of the same spectrum (the spectrum that we all adhere too) and could be made into examples in the form of a deterrent by their sentence.
Yeah, 150 years is a long time. Longer than our life times. He will die in jail. What does the wording do to our collective conscience? The sentence handed is finite and idea that we are able to comprehend, that this will end, like everything else that we have ever experienced including the life giving source of the Sun. This finite number will end independently of the lifespan of the individual responsible for the acts of extremity. Life in prison would show that there is no independent end to the punishment, it is terminated when you do. It could be seen that his wife should have the same fate for the rest of her days in stead of living off of what is probably another hand out of a quarter of a million dollars per year or whatever they have figured on.
To be driven to accumulation is to be asleep at the wheel. You can not stay on the road forever in that condition.