THE COLOR OF GREED
Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea. Sometimes, I am amazed that our species has survived some of the figures of speech it has invented. The most recent example of this for me is this apparently national holiday called ~ ominously to me ~ Black Friday.
I understand where the context comes from and I’ve never understood that either. It seems to me that is the color of growing stuff o to me, it only follows that if you’re talking about profit/capital gains, you’re in the green, not the black.
I have no problems with red, the color of blood which should stay inside the arteries and veins, being the color of loss because that’s what often happens when you can see blood.
It then further follows ~ according to admittedly baseline simple reasoning ~ that since a lot of people will be making money on the Friday following American Thanksgiving, it should be green. But since millions of Americans are spending money and their disposable income is “bleeding out,” it should also be red.
Those colors go well together just like they do at Christmas but calling it Green and Red Friday in a texting-obsessed century is a bit impractical, if not just one more thing to remember.
I think, however, that since the participants and the celebrants have one thing in common, if we could come up with one color that fits both, we could come up with a two-word name for the holiday.
Now, if we could just find greed somewhere in the rainbow ~ and I have great faith in the professionals who engage in this research ~ both professionally and avocationally ~ I am sure we can come up with something we can all live with, remember and text with appropriate dexterity. What color comes to your mind when you hear or read the word greed? (email that one to email@example.com)
And on that whimsical note, have a great week, gang, and thanks for the ear.
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I, DANIEL BLAKE
Just came back from watching “I, Daniel Blake“, a 2016 British-French social drama film directed by Ken Loach. The film is a winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. Its storyline covers the struggling of the protagonists with the state system that is designed to help people on the edge but as it shown in the film, the system has flaws that could be overcome if its employees had a little bit more human approach. In the last lines of the film, in the speech of main hero it was said. ““My name is Daniel Blake. I am a man, not a dog. I demand my rights. I, Daniel Blake, am a citizen; nothing more, nothing less.”
That makes me realize how vital such an easy thing as respect is in everyday life. The lack of it is a universal problem at the moment not only in the United Kingdom, as film showed, but elsewhere. All we need to do is recall recent events in America when police fired water cannons at the Standing Rock protestors for at least six hours in below freezing temperatures. Or this week in the Ukraine with the three-year anniversary of Dignity Revolution that was triggered by the beating of students while they came to protest against previous establishment.
Respect, nothing more, nothing less is something to be learned.
Gradually and slowly, there are some positive changes in Ukraine which are making the bureaucratic machine function more smoothly. Public service attitude is changing towards a more people-oriented approach.
Still it is up to a person by small deeds to make a change; to treat themselves and others in a way that makes the world around a little better. To stand for the rights of others in the face of injustice. Even a on small scale it really makes a difference.
That’s all for this week. Take care, Rusty
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