We like to tell ourselves that the world has changed, that we are no longer under the whip or bear the shackles of oppressors. We are educated, we are freemen and women, and we live in a democracy. (Insert the flag and fireworks of your choice.)
We are, definitely, more educated and have access to more information than at any time in our collective history. We can know, within an instant, what is going on halfway around the world and while we may read and comprehend, on a superficial level, we are not connecting the dots.
Granted, I have an advantage, a window seat, if you will and what I see, what I know, frightens me. I had close relatives who worked within the government, high up, not petty bureaucrat level but hobnobbing with the political elite. I had close relatives who worked in law enforcement and I can tell you that the world in which you and I live? May as well be on another planet for all the similarities between the worlds. Sure, we are all born, pee and poop, eat and die but I guarantee you that this is where the similarities end. We are taught morals and ethics, we are brainwashed into believing good will conquer evil. We are taught to believe in something called democracy.
What is democracy? It’s a theory. Words on a paper with no substance and definitely no empirical evidence that it has ever, truly, existed except in the minds and hearts of the dull normals, such as ourselves. The elite know it’s a necessary fairy tale to be fed to the great unwashed at all costs.
For millennia, this has been so. There will always be the rich, there will always be the poor and the middle class picks up the bill.
This blog came about after a story broke regarding the RBC and outsourcing. Much beating of breasts and howls of outrage. Yeah, okay – have your tantrums and when you’re done, try thinking beyond Level 1.
RBC is a corporation. Hello? Understand what that means? Their prime directive is to make money for shareholders. India offers employees at a far lower salary rate, no benefits and there are tax breaks not available in Canada, land of the gimme.
Is it moral or ethical? Smarten up, this is business and there are no morals or ethics. It is about money, it is about shareholders and it’s about wolfing down big pieces of the economic pie.
Outsourcing has been going on for close to a decade; RBC got caught, somebody with a friend, relative or acquaintance in the media and suddenly, it’s a big deal. Meanwhile, most of us know someone out of work or has been out of work due to outsourcing. No hue and cry for them.
North Americans have developed a very slimy concept of who they are. We’ve developed this idea that we are owed something, that we are entitled to something.
I’m afraid not. We aren’t entitled to anything that we have not done for ourselves. What do you think our ancestors did when there was no work? They didn’t have E.I. No parental leave. No insurance. That was and is life.
We sucked the tit of the middle class so long that we’ve forgotten that life makes no promises. Governments make promises. And? How stupid are we, really, that we believe anything that comes out of our parliaments?
We did this to ourselves. We want it all but we don’t want to actually have to pay for it. We want someone else to do that. Well, the pot’o’gold is empty and companies are moving on. They are moving to places where they aren’t expected to be Daddy or Mommy to employees. They are moving to places where their expenses are rock bottom and their net profits soar. It’s called “business.”