Monday, May 18, 2009

Class acts I

Foreword: So, George had it right about class; we can commemorate this 25th year look back by collecting various class acts.

Well, we're 25 years beyond the concerns about 1984 (the book and its predictions, if that brief reference doesn't cause a recall) which brought us lots of ideas to think about. 1984 passed, as did 2000, without much of the todos that had been expected.

Oh, in other posts were we not talking about expectations versus fruition and the psychology of a business?

Recently, the New Yorker ("A Fine Rage") had a review of George Orwell's life and times, including his ideas about class. Of course, George is of the Eton class, but he didn't go on to Cambridge or Oxford. What's of interest is that in George's time, the concept of corporal punishment was still in vogue.

Anyway, since he had to go an unusual route, his opinions were able to mature, somewhat differently than they would have in the university club.

So, how does this relate to the themes of the blog. Ah, good question. Like Tolstoy, and many others, who did not let their riches control their lives, we can use old George as a point of juxtaposition to look at those who are running after their new riches. Too, having gone beyond the greed, which business seems to think is their calling to wallow in (thankfully, we have a new day), people like George can give us some insight into the failings.

Humans seem to have these perennial problems. G-d, please save us from the immaturity of the supposed best-and-brightest, one could very well pray.

Even engineers, who get much appreciation here, are not without fault (quasi-empiricism has not been seen in its importance and has really been given nary a glance), but then who is. It's an open question whether an engineer at the top is better than one from finance. The former did solve real problems and has appreciation for reality; the latter? Ah, so many ways to look at that.

But, back to 1984, as it is interesting that business is more of a big-brother (and, with the negative connotations) than not, stomping on its employees (many times, with black-booted bully-ness), peering into their lives, controlling their human resources as if those entities were born to the subjugation of the business, and a lot more.


07/03/2014 -- The Magna Charta is a wonderful example for us to apply to provider (king)/user (baron) issues. 

04/03/2011 -- Need to look at some background. Too, tranche and trash.

10/22/2010 -- We need more like Perelman in order to have a fair economy.

06/17/2009 -- A fresh look will be needed.

05/21/2009 -- WSJ book review mentions George's views. Every generation has its strivers and slackers. Slacking from something can be in vogue; slacking from nothing is problematic. Similarly, striving from something can be other than flattering; striving from nothing (especially, when successful) is the American way.

Modified: 07/03/2014

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