Is anybody listening?
And would it matter anyway? The subject is greed. Greed that keeps the U.S. workforce near $10 an hour and, with cost of living and child care, struggling to afford staying employed. Never mind what greed is doing to those in other countries where $10 a day is considered a livable wage at the same level of worker expense and quality of life.
We’re talking global greed, compartmentalized by country and facilitated by nations seeking to accommodate those who drive it. Greed that oozes out corporate board rooms and seeps across the planet like the plague that it is, enveloping all the world markets and turning the tide of a fair market profit into tsunami sized demands and expectations of a financial windfall at the expense of the workers who made and continue to make these profits possible.
Quality of life, of well being, of future promise for lives humanely regarded and well-maintained are items excluded from the global agenda of these corporations. Likewise, this same deficit in thinking continues to impact our other species, food supplies and natural resources with no regard to what their drive for profit is costing all of us – our future on a habitable planet.
At what point do we as citizens of the planet Earth hold accountable those who seek profit at the expense of the common good? At what point do we recognize and acknowledge our part in moving this mindless agenda forward toward our own extinction?
And lastly, when do we recognize that the largest of these corporations are American? Accepting the status quo that provides us our daily bread at the expense of our country’s workers is only the tip of our global culpability.
We as a nation need to act so that such corporations and their investors are culpable for advocating and launching environmentally unsustainable practices for the sake of profit. And couldn’t we also cite them as un-American? Or even traitorous?
Except for Bernie Sanders and his inspirational presence and agenda, both workers and corporations aren’t listening to the other in the interest of maintaining the status quo and daily survival.
Like I said, “Speak, oh deaf one!”