Friday, September 24, 2010

Cross of Iron

Every designer suit purchased, every Rolex watch worn, every Mont Blanc pen written with is a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed.
The world is not spending money alone - it is spending the sweat of it's laborers, the genius of it's scientists, the hopes of it's children.
The difference between driving a Maybach and a Maxima is this (about $500,000.00);
It is the cost sending 15 children to Harvard for a year ($35,000.00)
It is the payment of rent for 662 average Americans ($775.00)
It is the health insurance payment for 37 American families ($13,500.00)
It is the total food bill for 50 American families for a year ($10,000.00)
The price of one Rolex Submariner wristwatch could pay for the repair of 3 needy families' leaking roofs.
The price of one Brioni suit could pay for mold remediation on the homes of 4 needy families suffering from asthma and/or allergies.
The price of one Mont Blanc Starwalker pen would feed two families for a week.
This is not a way of life at all, in any real sense.
Under a cloud of death and destruction, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.

4 comments:

brohammas said...

This is why I buy my Rolex from the hustle man on the corner. You can't even buy a happy meal for what I paid for this watch.

D.Freeman said...

Capitalism is amazing isn't it. To get people to prioritize things that make them feel and look good over what actually makes them good is an amazing camera trick.

What you listed is the truth and most people realize it but they plum don't give a f*ck!

The group that makes the changes will provide the sheep with new pastures. The system only works if someone is a sucker and if you make everyone realize what they are doing then you'll create a new paradigm in which a new master will rise.

So is the goal to get people to change and do right or to get those who can't capitalize on it the needed training to stop being needy!

uglyblackjohn said...

@ brohammas - Which is why I never pay retail for anything.

@ FreeMan - I just spoke to a woman today who cannot pay her rent but who is planning a birthday party for her teenaged son with a limo, dinner for sixteen at a high end bistro, and a night at D&B's.
Really?
Is the appearence of wealth really more important than the acquisition of it?

Reggie said...

Money, if it does not bring you happiness, will at least help you be miserable in comfort.