I have two daughters. They are all I ever wanted from the earth. Or almost all. I also wanted one piece of ground:
One city trapped by hills. One urban river. An island in its element. So I could say mine. My own. And mean it.
Now they are grown up and far away and memory itself has become an emigrant, wandering in a place where love dissembles itself as landscape:
Where the hills are the colours of a child's eyes, where my children are distances, horizons:
At night, on the edge of sleep, I can see the shore of Dublin Bay. Its rocky sweep and its granite pier.
Is this, I say how they must have seen it, backing out on the mailboat at twilight, shadows falling on everything they had to leave? And would love forever?
And then I imagine myself at the landward rail of that boat searching for the last sight of a hand.
I see myself on the underworld side of that water, the darkness coming in fast, saying all the names I know for a lost land:
Ireland. Absence. Daughter.
Ich habe zwei Töchter. Sie sind alles was ich von dieser Erde wollte. Oder fast alles. Ich wollte auch ein Stück Land: Eine Stadt umgeben von Hügeln. Einen städtischen Fluss. Eine Insel in seinem Element. So daß ich Meins sehen könnte. Mein Eigenes. Und dies auch so meinen.
Nun sind sie erwachsen und weit weg und selbst die Erinnerung ist zu einer Erinnerung geworden, umherwandernd an einem Ort, wo die Liebe sich selbst zergliedert - als Landschaft: Wo die Hügel die Farbe von Kinderaugen sind, wo meine Kinder Entfernungen, Horizonte sind.
In der Nacht am Rande des Schlafes kann ich die Küstenlinie der Bucht Dublins sehen. Ihren felsigen Schwung und ihren Pier aus Granit.
Ist dies, frage ich mich was sie gesehen haben müssen, herausfahrend auf einem Postschiff in der Dämmerung, Schatten fallen auf alles, was sie verlassen müssen? Und für immer lieben würden?
Und dann Stelle ich mich selbst vor an der Landseite des Bootes nach der letzten Sicht einer Hand suchend. Ich sehe mich von der Seite der Unterwelt dieses Wassers, die Dunkelheit kommt rasch, alle Namen rufend, die ich für ein verlorenes Land kenne.
US-amerikanischer Unternehmer – US American Entrepreneur (3rd wealthiest Business Man in the World)
Zitate – Quotations
„Wenn in Amerika ein Klassenkampf tobt, ist meine Klasse dabei, ihn zu gewinnen.“ – Zitiert bei Mika Hoffmann, Ferdinand Bertram und Oliver Janich. Warren Buffett – Milliarden-Macher. Focus-Money online 25.03.2004
(Original engl.: “If class warfare is being waged in America, my class is clearly winning.” – Jahresbrief an die Investoren seines Fonds “Berkshire Hathaway”, 2003, S. 7 berkshirehathaway.com)
„Es herrscht Klassenkampf, meine Klasse gewinnt, aber das sollte sie nicht“ – Zitiert bei Rosemarie Schwaiger. Warren Buffett: Das nette Gesicht des Kapitalismus. Die Presse 28. 08.2010
(Original engl.: „It’s class warfare, my class is winning, but they shouldn’t be.” – Interview mit Lou Dobbs, CNN, 19. Juni 2005, cnn.com)
„Es herrscht Klassenkrieg, richtig, aber es ist meine Klasse, die Klasse der Reichen, die Krieg führt, und wir gewinnen” – zitiert bei Jutta Ditfurth. Zeit des Zorns. nrhz.de/flyer 29. Juli 2011
(Original engl.: ”There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.” – im Interview mit Ben Stein in New York Times, 26. November 2006)
„Meine Freunde und ich sind lange genug von einem milliardärfreundlichen Kongress verhätschelt worden. Es ist Zeit, dass unsere Regierung Ernst damit macht, allen gemeinsame Opfer abzuverlangen.” – DER SPIEGEL 34/2011 22. August 2011]
(Original engl.: “My friends and I have been coddled long enough by a billionaire-friendly Congress. It’s time for our government to get serious about shared sacrifice.” – Stop Coddling the Super-Rich, by Warren E. Buffett, New York Times 14. August 2011)
Warren Buffet refers to the following background information about the rapidly increasing inequality of wealth distribution within national societies, regionally and globally….
Richest 1% on target to own two-thirds of all wealth by 2030
An alarming projection produced by the House of Commons library and studies of Credit Suisse in 2018 suggests that if trends seen since the 2008 financial crash were to continue, then the top 1% will hold 64% of the world’s wealth by 2030 (equating to $305tn (£216.5tn) – up from $140tn today). Even taking the financial crash into account, and measuring their assets over a longer period, they would still hold more than half of all wealth.
New polling by Opinium suggests that voters perceive a major problem with the influence exerted by the very wealthy. Asked to select a group that would have the most power in 2030, most (34%) said the super-rich, while 28% opted for national governments. In a sign of falling levels of trust, those surveyed said they feared the consequences of wealth inequality would be rising levels of corruption (41%) or the “super-rich enjoying even more unfair influence on government policy” (43%), undermining our already seriously damaged liberal democracies, our freedoms, civil and human rights.
The chart shows just the perceived corruption.In my view, it would be also important to define corruption. Should we really exclude e.g. poltical party financing, lobbyism etc.? Just because we (Western developed countries) are more discreet and sophisticated, we are no better than others.
Call for Fundamental Changes of our System
Not surprisingly experts call for change including measures like…
an increase of productivity to enable a rise of wages,
the regulation of industry sectors and in particular the strict regulation and tight control of the finance sector.
Nationalization of critical supplies and utilities (like drinking water, energy, healthcare, education, elderly care, social housing, basic public transportation) to ensure that the people`s basic needs are satisfied – irrespective of their income and social classes.
Tax reforms for simplification and to secure and increase the contribution of wealthy people and in particular global corporations (regardless of the location of their headquarters & assets; buzzword: transaction taxes) to ensure a fairer distribution of wealth, social cost coverage and therefore social peace.
Internationalisation and later on globalisation of unions, civil rights groups and other independent groups of civil stakeholders.
Politcally independent control boards with veto rights to monitor government bodies and to timely report issues to the public
Reform of the financing systems of parties to reduce institutionalized corruption: lobbyism.
Rework our systems of check & balances
Strengthen the division of powers
Are we just productive cattle, consumption idiots and believers?
If you look at this list of interesting recommendations of various scientists, you will notice that the majority of autocrats (fake presidents), politicians (= enablers), parties (= supporters) and stakeholders worldwide definetely don`t follow this agenda in the interest of the regular people.
In fact, they are doing their very best to foster the wealth growth of the Top 1-5% by cutting taxes in favor of the Money, by privatization, by selling know-how /IPR to foreign powers, by wagging war, by destabilzation of countries to gain control, by silently abolishing labor law, rental control and other rights, by fostering the influx of cheap labor, by reducing social care / welfare / public services, by increasing investments in internal security (for sure not due to the ridiculous minor islamic terrorism but to be prepared that the own people become “unconfortable” some day) and so on.
Interestingly, the IWF recommended in his Migration Report 2016, which forecasted an increase of tax burdens to manage the migration cost without any tangible ROI in favor of the host countries, the governments shall “educate” their people to increase solidarity and tolerance because social peace will be at risk.
Already decades ago, the elites and corporations, who still take benefit of a countries infrastructure, loose legislation, tax income (e.g. to rescue rotten banks) and resources at most, have already terminated the so called “Solidarity Pact”, our liberal, social market economies and societies in Western Europe have been based on.
Are we willing to continue accepting risk sharing without any profit sharing?
In the course of the globalisation and the strive for maximizing shareholder profits, there was obviously no room left for location bounds, tax honesty, loyalty and solidarity. Nevertheless, the Money forces the tax payers and employees (who have to deal with global labor market competition nowadays) to provide them with gifts and to share their intentionally high risks without being willing to share profits anymore.
Growing corruption is killing our liberal democracies
Originally, the government was in charge of ensuring a balance of forces by distributing wealth to at least a limited extent, by regulation, monitoring and reporting… Today, corruption silently kills our democracies.
Is the bad condition of political systems simply reflecting the state of our mind & societies?
Did you ever wonder how strong are your narcissitic personality shares? Are our societies vain, self-absorbed, selfish and ego-centric? Are we suffering from a lack of empathy and therefore missing solidarity? How well-informed /-educated are we if we just are seeking continued confirmation of our world view? Are we open-minded towards criticism or are we silenced by Nazi-/racist-/ bitch-/ non-patriot accusations? Are we informed decision-makers or child-like naive and lazy believers who give ideology instead of changing realities and facts priority? Do we really value high-quality content or are we easily dazzled by attractive packaging & marketing tricks?…etc. Why shall our representatives be better people than we are?
WHAT IF…THEY LITERALLY “REPRESENT” US?!
Frankly speaking, I think we are facing this phenomena worldwide – and not only with reference to political systems, societies but also to the increasing number of corporations with insane corporate cultures.
Maybe, we simply got what we`ve deserved. In my view, the uncomfortable truth is that the people make up an organisation and system.
However, for further interesting wealth statistics from 2017 and as impressive as entertaining data visualization, click here….
Sonia Payes is a conceptually-based artist working with photography, multi-media, animation and sculpture, who lives and works in Melbourne, Australia. A strong environmental narrative permeates Payes’ works and the cycle of re-creationis explored in her wildly dystopian landscapes. A veil of memory and awareness filters Payes’ works, her images exploring the cycle of transformation form birth to regeneration, charting humanity’s capacity to continually adjust to changes in the earth’s mutable environment.
The industrialist is having his aeroplane serviced. The priest is wondering what he said in his sermon eight weeks ago about tithes. The generals are putting on civvies and looking like bank clerks. Public officials are getting friendly. The policeman points out the way to the man in the cloth cap. The landlord comes to see whether the water supply is working. The journalists write the word People with capital letters. The singers sing at the opera for nothing. Ships’ captains check the food in the crew’s galley, Car owners get in beside their chauffeurs. Doctors sue the insurance companies. Scholars show their discoveries and hide their decorations. Farmers deliver potatoes to the barracks. The revolution has won its first battle: That’s what has happened.
Im Hofe steht ein Pflaumenbaum, Der ist so klein, man glaubt es kaum. Er hat ein Gitter drum, So tritt ihn keiner um. Der Kleine kann nicht größer wer’n, Ja – größer wer’n, das möcht’ er gern! ‘s ist keine Red davon: Er hat zu wenig Sonn’.
Dem Pflaumenbaum, man glaubt ihm kaum, Weil er nie eine Pflaume hat. Doch er ist ein Pflaumenbaum: Man kennt es an dem Blatt.
The Plum Tree
In the courtyard stands a plum tree, It’s so small, no one believes it. It has a fence around it, So no one can stomp on it. The little tree can’t grow, Yes – it wants to grow! No one talks about it; It gets too little sun.
No one believes it’s a plum tree Because it doesn’t have a single plum. But it is a plum tree; You can tell by its leaf.