August 02, 2012
“If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people.”
“It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get.”
Chicken Sandwich Politics. That’s what I’m going to start calling this stuff, when any corporation takes a bizarre political stance on something that has nothing to do with their product.
The downside to corporations is that they get treated legally like humans in some ways, despite the prospect of them living longer than humans and not being corporeal, addressable, and relatable. For all the right wing capitalism showiness, corporations are closer to collectives than anything else. They could be bees or the borg, losing and replacing constituent pieces until they have transformed utterly, but still treated like it’s the same thing. Read up on The Ship Of Theseus if you haven’t already.
I guess the upside of corporations is that same replaceability. In 100 years, if a corporation from today is still around, they will undoubtedly be comprised of and managed by very different people. After all, there aren’t too many businesses around that really concern themselves with whaling and buggy whips, and a good thing, too.
I know Chik Fil A is a privately held company, but for the other companies out there who are traded publicly and maintain some likelihood of being around for some time, remember to buy your stocks and vote with your dollars carefully and according to your own ideas, but educate your children most of all.
It is the kids of today who will grow up to the grown ups of tomorrow, and those grown ups could waste time, money and human civilization by being petty, hateful, and willing to stake their fortunes on the more miscreant bits of human behavior, or they could be more enlightened beings, who grew up learning how to cherish the good things in life, open to possibilities and people, and more concerned about making a better world. In 100 years, we could still be squabbling over whether we ‘allow’ other people to be themselves or we could have solved poverty, hunger, war and be building colonies on Mars.