The turn of the screw

Life is a contradictory business. A major and global insurance company goes bankrupt and Damien Hirst’s artwork sells for millions at Sotheby’s.

I wonder if anyone at AIG has given that any thought?

Invest in art? Not such a bad idea. And I’m not talking about a monetary investment. I’m talking about an emotional, intellectual, creative, time-spent-wisely investment. If we as a society invest more time and energy and imagination to art, then such failures Like AIG become the failures of us all. It’s time we all started reshaping the world around us before others destroy it for us.

“Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold.”

And the news about AIG is shocking, especially since, without so much as a Limerick, the land of capitalism has set a new precedent: it is practicing the art of soft socialism. If the present government can bail out a bankrupt insurance company, then it raises the question: Why can’t  it do the same thing for a healthcare program that’s crippling a nation?

And why have there been no editorials from major news sources on the business practices of AIG?  How is it that no one has commented on the insurance company’s business failure in the light of morality? Instead of the Feds bailing them out — can the American taxpayers money actually go towards saving a private company? — there should be a Wittgenstein discourse on moral philosophy.

Impoverished minds is what we have. All the blanket coverage by the media of AIG is verbal signage. And language is not a signal to arbitrarily pick up on the information wavelength. Language is the conviction to see eternity in a word. It is not a shortcut to understanding as the media would have us believe.

Language needs to be placed back at the heart of human life. Right now, it’s pickled in a jar on the shelf of human motives.

One thought on “The turn of the screw

  1. I suspect that the reason the Fed stepped in to bail AIG had more to do with the possible end of capitalism, rather than and embracing of socialism. I think the repercussions of no action could have ended up with stock markets tumbling even further. We should hope, however, that the lessons have been learnt, because I suspect much of what is having to be dealt with now, is the direct result of greed and short-termism.

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