Winners and Losers.

[rant warning]

It’s not been a great week for me. I’ve been messed around by rental/letting agents for a month now and while they finally surfaced on Thursday and decided they wanted my money, the Friday moving-in was a disaster. Their software wouldn’t work and so they could only take half the payment leaving me without keys until Monday, it seems.

I had planned to spend the week-end painting so the place was good before I moved furniture in … hadn’t realised how inane these people are. Damn.

Even if you have money, you can’t pay by cheque, or banker’s draft, or cash …. you can’t transfer the cash online. They have to take the money via a debit card over the phone for their system to accept it…. but their system was buggy and the transfer didn’t happen. What a bunch of morons, if I ran my business like this I’d be out on the street very fast, begging.

[rant ends]

On a brighter note … I made a new tree this week on Ngrid and I am quite pleased with the result, obviously parts of it have been shown before on InWorldz, but not in this composition… I still don’t have a great name for it, so any ideas are willingly received…

 

 

It’ll be nice to pepper the ground with some mushrooms etc. as I won’t be painting my new house as I had planned.

Two very different experiences, then.

…and it seems to me that these two events are not unrelated.

More and more systems are being put in place, like those of the rental agent, which are not working. Computer software, ‘mission statements’ and fancy logos paper over the cracks.

The basic problem with this corporate system that we are immersed in is that, in order for the shareholders to receive a bigger return every year, we (the 99%) have to pay more for less.

There are those, fully immersed in the “real” world, who see those of us spending time in VW’s as losers who retreat to live lives of phantasy and illusion.

These  RL barbarians have, in my opinion, totally missed the point.

We try, using whatever talents we have, to create a world, or a part of a world, based on beauty, integrity and enterprise without much thought of financial gain, fame or other delusional motivation. We create because we can and because we love what we do.

We are the winners, the heroes, and, on a good day, we know it.

:))

 

 

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10 responses to “Winners and Losers.

  1. We are the Champions of the World:

  2. Acrobat Tree?
    or Trapeze Tree?

  3. “The basic problem with this corporate system that we are immersed in is that, in order for the shareholders to receive a bigger return every year, we (the 99%) have to pay more for less.”

    The promise of the Modern Age was that technology would reduce the need for labor to the point that humankind would be freed to focus on self-actualization instead of survival. What we didn’t consider in that utopian vision was our bottomless hole of greed, consumption, xenophobia and self-centered gluttony. The surplus has been hoarded by a handful of smug narcissists. Consumerism is pushing the planet to the brink of her ability to sustain life. Our future is being squandered in the blind pursuit of short-term profit. Our post-fact culture fuels fundamentalism that is blind to anything but its own warped vision.

    But hey. I’m really looking forward to the iPhone 5.

  4. “The basic problem with this corporate system that we are immersed in is that, in order for the shareholders to receive a bigger return every year, we (the 99%) have to pay more for less….We try, using whatever talents we have, to create a world, or a part of a world, based on beauty, integrity and enterprise without much thought of financial gain, fame or other delusional motivation. We create because we can and because we love what we do.”

    This so beautifully sums up the issue — money is NOT the ultimate measure of worth. And I agree with Botgirl too — corporations convince us that we are unhappy and can only be redeemed by buying. (This was never so, but becomes less and less true as products become less and less useful and of less and less quality. In the meantime, “customer satisfaction” has been replaced by “shareholder value.”) Economics reign; the dismal science — it’s not science but it IS dismal. Can art save us? Maybe not, but if not, nothing else can.

  5. I’m not sure that art can save us, Em, but it certainly saves me; it’s the only thing that keeps me sane in what seems to be, as Botgirl points out, a world fueled by the narcissistic greed of a minority.
    I’m happy to partake of it all when the product (iPhone??) or service is not shoddy and designed to break. I value quality even more, recently … and anything that will last a lifetime/more than 5 years has a sort of consumerist beauty which almost approaches the environmentally laudable.
    Those things seem harder to find.

  6. Maeve

    The Weaver’s Tree.

    Miss you, sis. Up to my earlobes in campaign work for the next 60 days. Will find you post that, whatever the inane, insane outcome. Winners v losers? Maybe it’s workers v politicians.

  7. @Maeve… so good to get a life sign..:)) hugz… The Weaver’s Tree is a possibility.

  8. absolutely fabulous tree! =)

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