Chris also had some fascinating comments on the looting following the flooding disaster in New Orleans. Class struggle, materialism, greed, poverty, drugs, weapons...the psychology of this stuff makes you wonder how close we are to the collapse of everything we take for granted:
"The looting seems so instinctive, so without purpose (except for the survival necessities of course - what is the immediate survival value of a flat screen TV and a mink coat? What value does such a thing have in a flood? Why waste time and energy acquiring something so useless when food and water is in short supply? One wonders just how close under the surface the possibility for this lies in places where there is a great disparity of wealth."
On your Apple guy
A friend was "early retired" (fired) from a bank 2 weeks ago - he finishes after 20 plus years at the end of september.
He is in early every day finishing his work that includes laying off another 10% of his team.
What is going on?
An excellent observation and question.
I don't know what's going on. Part of me thinks that people are engaging more in their work than their company affiliation -- the project is more important than the employer. But I also worry that it's something like 20-year prisoners being terrified of living on the outside.
The most hilarious (and dysfunctional) satirized version of this phenomenon has to be Milton from Office Space -- they move his cubicle into the basement and stop paying him, but I think it's eventually an issue with his stapler that goads him into burning down the building.
Love "Office Space."
From my hotel here in Bangkok, I've been watching the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina on the news. I also find the social dynamics of the looting in New Orleans fascinating, yet sobering.
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