Sunday, 18 May 2014

Inequality


If you live in the West.

However little you have,

you have more than most.

Steve Unwin

Saturday, 17 May 2014

Pay


Oh how I weep for the millions of lives lost by people who find something that pays them so much money that they settle into a lifetime of doing just that.

Steve Unwin

Friday, 16 May 2014

Take wing


Don’t tell me that you love your job so much that you’d do it even if not paid. You must do it for free.

You cannot imagine-yourself into having wings.

You must step out from the safe haven and fall if you are to discover that you can fly.

Watch the birds – there is no other way.

Steve Unwin

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Right Direction


A tiny step in the right direction is worth more than all the fanfares of trumpets and beating drums that accompany the march of the crowd in the wrong direction. Be brave. Listen to your heart, the voice within you, and do what you know to be right. If you don’t yet hear the voice, don’t be afraid to stop and listen for it is always whispering.

Steve Unwin

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Power of Money?


People try to tell me that money makes things happen. Yet I see people engaged in their hobbies producing magnificent creations, whilst at work they content themselves begrudgingly with the mundane. Far from enabling magic, being paid merely seems to define the perimeter beyond which we will not pass without extra money.
Steve Unwin

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Yearning


The yearning to have meaning in our lives means that we will attach importance to even the most insubstantial and worthless of jobs.

Sometimes we need to be shaken vigorously if we are to wake and satisfy our yearning with a job that is worthy of our lives.

If all else has failed to stir us our bodies may do the shaking in the form of a heart attack. Sadly this shaking of last resort does not always leave us with much time in which to be awake.

Steve Unwin

Monday, 12 May 2014

The invisible hand


To challenge the notion that the best way to help the poor masses is to create the extreme wealth of the few, is not to say that this approach is incapable of helping.

This would be much the same as denouncing the rain as incapable of putting out fires.

Demonstrably rain can help put out fires, but it would be lunacy to believe that the best means of firefighting is to wait for favourable weather, and that all other options should be denounced in the shadow of this strategy.

Steve Unwin

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Ludicrous Salaries



There are great dangers when a job is so valueless that the recompense for doing it lies solely in the financial rewards earned.

In the absence of feedback other than through money, a vicious spiral is soon entered with every ounce of work takes place only in response to an escalating inducement of pay, such that ludicrously high salaries become the norm.

Whilst we can only wonder at the barren sterile environment within the financial sector that makes million pound bonuses the norm, perhaps the biggest cause of bewilderment is how these people are held in esteem when all good reason says they should be rehabilitated.

Steve Unwin

Saturday, 10 May 2014

Symmetry


It seems there would be a perfection of symmetry if we were to die on the day we spent our very last coin and left the world as we entered it, with nothing at all.

Of course there is the difficulty of knowing precisely when this day will come. However this lack of certainty should not distract us from the beauty of the symmetry. Those of us in the West might set the target that for the second half of our lives we each year become less wealthy and possess less.

We might take our 40th birthday as the point at which we begin to grow in this new direction.

Steve Unwin

Friday, 9 May 2014

Cancer


The diagnosis is not good.

The Earth has cancer.

A ravenous cell that seeks nothing but to grow without limit, and will destroy all that dare stand in its way.

The prognosis is bleak.

There is little we can do; for we are not the cure; we are the disease.

Steve Unwin

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Is it me?


It’s not so difficult to tell the difference in taste between a cola that costs a lot and one that costs much less. Most of us can do that.

What is so difficult that it takes a billion dollar marketing budget, is convincing you which one is best.

Steve Unwin

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Job Creation


Here in the UK the Chancellor wants to create 900,000 new jobs. Of course the solution is simple, we could employ them all in the public sector counting the stars.

An absurd and crazy suggestion you cry, the kind of socialist madness that’s destroying our economy. But hear me out.

Weigh the balance between the ideas that 900,000 minds gazing into the eternity of space might come up with, to help solve climate change, save endangered species, clothe the poor or feed the hungry. 900,000 minds that’s a lot of human computing power. Far more than it has taken to achieve the amazing feat of convincing people to buy 1,900,000,000 servings of a particular brown fizzy sugary liquid each and every day, so the sky really is the limit when it comes to the ideas they may come up with.

Alternatively of course we could have 900,000 people producing more meaningless tat using resources we can’t spare, to be sold to people who don’t need it and bought with money they don’t have.


Of course we needn’t employ more than about 30,000 of them actually making the tat. The other jobs would be created for marketing men needed to convince us that our lives are incomplete without it, drivers to shift the tat around the country; warehousemen to store it, bankers to finance it, lawyers to deal with claims against it tatiness, refuse men to collect up all the tat this new tat replaces, the list goes on and on.

Last but not least the politicians who will be employed convincing us that the only way we can afford for anyone to stare at the stars is by increasing the tat we produce, year on year in the name of  growth, until the whole world goes pop!

I don’t know about you, but I’m hoping for a clear sky tonight.
Steve Unwin