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I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will

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When I was a child, we were taught the proper techniques of duck and cover. We were raised to believe that there was an enemy that wanted to annihilate us and end our free way of life. We were Americans and Russia and China were our sworn enemies (even though they were both our allies in WWII). Plain and simple, we were told that we couldn’t trust them. We believed that they wanted us dead. To maintain this belief, we were kept in a constant state of fear of nuclear proliferation. As I got older I came to realise that there are two sides to every argument. For the most part, it’s a matter of perspective. I followed in my father’s footsteps and decided to go to law school. Also having studied philosophy, I came to learn that, not only are there different perspectives of issues – with every perspective is another element of balance. Learning to think in the abstract helped me to see life more as a relativist and less as an absolutist. Some things I know are absolute, such as death, taxes, and math. Other things are relative, such as attitudes and beliefs.

I was about to cross a street in San Francisco one day and I all of a sudden felt someone grab the back of my sweater and violently jerked me back. All of a sudden a city bus pulled up where I was about to step. I looked around and I couldn’t tell who had just saved my life. Everybody was clambering to board the bus. After that experience, I stopped worrying about my life coming to end as the result of nuclear war. I realised that just crossing the street presented a higher risk of becoming instantly obliterated. As I studied California law I became more acquainted with the American judicial system, which derived from English law, which derived from Roman law. I know now that we have a system of international law that tends to keep the world in balance. Since the development of the United Nations Convention on the International Sales of Goods (CISG), the threat of global war is now taking a back seat to that of self- imposed socioeconomic threats. I previously believed that Big Business, Big Government, Big Pharma, and Big Education were collectively becoming the breaking point for society as we know it. As I’ve aged, I’ve come to realise that there is a natural balance that is independent of mankind.

Big Business is now international and they can point out that they at least have some justification as their number one objective, although not their sole objective, is to maximise profits for their shareholders. Those shareholders are individuals, corporations, and governments who depend on their investments to make profits. Those profits are also what keeps our economy moving. Big Government bureaucrats can truthfully argue that the more the population increases, the more need for more governance, which means more laws, more regulation, more oversight, more enforcement, more need for internal and external security. With all of this being the reality of the way the world works, it becomes even more difficult to challenge their collective motives warranting higher salaries, retirement programs, and Cadillac healthcare plans. Bureaucrats often challenge objections to their perks by pointing out that they could make more money and get better benefits in the private sector.

Big Pharma argues that they are not motivated by greed but rather by research and development that eventually (or at least potentially) benefits everyone. The costs of developing and testing new pharmaceutical products are expensive and meeting government regulations and standards increases the cost and lowers the profitability. Almost all of their workforce have to be highly trained and well compensated. The costs of developing and testing new pharmaceutical products are always a gamble and meeting government regulations and standards increases the cost. Those costs are ultimately passed on to the consumer. Big Education’s role has always shared several worthy objectives. In recent years, however, those competing narratives of universities and colleges has changed significantly as they have become more and more expensive. Gone are the days of working your way through college. Although higher education is still dedicated to the personal development of their students, that dedication has become more focused on integrating and advancing entire communities than just on the beneficence of educating individuals. Big education’s argument is of course that they are dedicated to the development and application of new knowledge and that they play a significant role in civic and community development. They produce the thinkers, the movers and the shakers that fuel economic advancement of the community. They influence the minds of students to create more cohesive and tolerant communities. Academicians defend their higher profits through the worthy goals of higher learning institutions.


Source: Expat Life Thailand

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