I was at the bank with Neptune yesterday. There’s an older Greek woman that works there who always marvels at Neptune. We talked about how babies grow up fast and how Neptune is going to be tall and that kind of thing. Then the lady said: “I hope she has a good life.” I replied: “She will.” The lady continued: “I hope her life is good because we live in a crazy world. Crazy, you know, it’s crazy out there.” I found this conversation a bit dark; as if it were hopeless, that our futures are preset. Neptune was asleep in the stroller, but all these thoughts came into my mind: I wanted to tell the lady about how we do what we can, how it’s not hopeless, how our world has always been crazy, how craziness is a matter of perspective.
Anyway, in some ways she was right. I don’t get the newspaper but I read the news online from the BBC and CBC. I start by reading the BBC headlines that come into my browser via RSS feed, or into my mailbox from CBC’s Overnight Digest. Nearly every day there is something astounding. Of course there is the usual death and dying, corruption and greed, sordid affairs and the odd heroic tale. You know, the things that are newsworthy.
Yesterday morning I read this one: It starts off with a humanitarian program to manufacture low-cost, $100 laptop computers to school kids in poor countries. It’s a genius idea: like getting mobile phone networks to places where telecom wires would never happen, or funding inexpensive solar generators in rural India (now if pharmaceutical companies could just get over themselves and help people live). Its the dignified concept of trying to keep the world remotely on the same digital page. Now the darkness: This is a story of how chip-maker Intel is attempting to undersell AMD who originally started the laptop project. Undersell them on a $100 computer. They’re taking something that is supposed to help people and turning it into a gross, money-making competition. Intel and AMD should be ashamed they are charging people anything at all for the computers! Is this whole project a wolf in sheep’s clothing?
I guess most of our world’s problems can be attributed to money and greed…which is ironic that a banker is telling me about how the world is “crazy.” Wanna know something “crazy?” How about legalized loan sharks, the retarded money banks make on interest, the submissive, compromised position they put us in. Its sickatating.