The Beauty of Enough

This is The Harmon, a luxury residence constructed at City Center on the Las Vegas Strip. Costing $250,000,000, it was never occupied, and due to serious construction defects, it is now slated to be demolished. Imagine how much could have been done to benefit the human condition with a quarter of a billion dollars.
This is The Harmon, a luxury residence constructed at City Center on the Las Vegas Strip. Costing $250,000,000, it was never occupied, and due to serious construction defects, it is now slated to be demolished. Imagine how much could have been done to benefit the human condition with a quarter of a billion dollars.

Alternate titles for this post: Me Wantee, Gimmee Gimmee Gimmee, or Sucking the Dick of Desire. And yes, this is an angry rant. Don’t expect it to offer any solutions.

“The beauty of enough is that it’s never enough.” ~My journal, about 1990

“Greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right, greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed, in all of its forms; greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge has marked the upward surge of mankind.” ~Wall Street (movie)

Wealth = Trade. By the nature of commerce, wealth is not generated by frugality, but by the movement of money.

I write this during the holiday season, as my wife watches television. Every single commercial is about buying, and not just about buying Christmas presents, but about getting bargains and “power buying.” It would be difficult to imagine something less true to the spirit of the holidays than becoming powerful at commerce. How can anyone describe America as a Christian nation while at the same time gauging the success of the Christmas season on sales?

What do children write in their letters to Santa Claus? “I want…”

How about this: “Dear Santa, I’d like Mommy and Daddy to be out of debt for a change.”

Did we learn nothing at all from Linus Van Pelt?

The source of all life, wealth, purity, clarity, truth, happiness isn’t money or financial success. It is the Earth.

Perfect example: housing “starts” and the growth of housing is often a bellwether of the health of the economy. Meanwhile, there are some communities that have 40% vacancy.

The economies of the world rely on many instruments for success, but the one thing they all need by their nature is growth. If this mimics anything in nature, it’s cancer.

We all know you want your kids to grow up to be rich and good-looking and popular. Who gives a shit if they're happy or healthy?
We all know you want your kids to grow up to be rich and good-looking and popular. Who gives a shit if they're happy or healthy?
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3 Comments

  1. Oh, it really bugs me when the economy is judged to be ‘weak’ or ‘poor’ because it’s not ‘growing as fast as projected’. Even when it’s still *growing*.

    And it bugged me even more when first Bush and then Obama assured citizens that we could save our economy by buying more. I can assure both of them that my wife and I took those ‘economic stimulus packages’ and deposited them directly into our savings account.

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  2. in the movie “trading places” with eddie murphy and dan aykroyd, two investors are trying to explain what they do to eddie murphy’s character. he says, “oh, so you guys are a couple of bookies?”

    public companies need to grow every quarter or their investors bail and their stocks plummet. even when that growth equals laying off the workforce and putting out a shittier product. shortcuts make money.

    “Obviously, crime pays, or there’d be no crime.” -G. Gordon Liddy

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