It’s funny how life works, isn’t it, especially when you take into account what the meaning behind everything we dedicate our lives to really is? We wake up in the morning, take a shower and clean up in other ways, get dressed for work and then essentially put in that next little bit of time to an ongoing dedication to being productive.
When you meet someone new, one of the first things you ask them if not the first thing outright, beyond the pleasantries, is the question of what they occupy their lives with. What do they do for a living?
Trust me, I know all about the value of an honest day’s work and I’m all about extending what opportunities to contribute productively to society which I’m at liberty to extend, but I’ve had my fair share of questioning what the meaning of all of it is. Yes, I have suffered from a bit of an existential crisis now and then, perhaps never fully coming out of it, but I think the lingering question of just why we do the things we place so much emphasis on doing is a very legitimate one.
Look, I’m at the heart of the financial industry, perhaps moving in the right direction (away from contributing nothing, and towards creating tangible value and contributing to society), so if I level any criticism at anyone then it’s every bit as applicable to me as well. That criticism is that as a society, we tend to disproportionately reward those members of our working society who do the least and those who contribute the least to the creation of value we can all truly benefit out of.
Sure, the financial sector is perhaps the one sector which is leading the way in successfully facilitating business over what is increasingly becoming a borderless world, with the likes of online payment processors and even banks proper allowing people to send and receive money across borders and oceans. And there is no downplaying the importance of these borderless business enterprise channels, but are we not missing the point somewhat?
You could very well argue that it’s by design that the most borderless of business environments are those which cater to products and services that are easiest to facilitate in a manner which disregards borders, but when you look at the politics behind it all, that’s when your realise that at the end of the day it is indeed about politics. It’s about politics and geo-economics, isn’t it?
I mean it definitely helps that I can set up a website and sell an e-book to someone in Manhattan from wherever in the world I am, but it would help me that much more if I could use the services of a train accident lawyer based in that region, because I could very well be in a situation which requires me to make use of the best of such services. Because of the geo-political economics however, I would probably have to jump on a plane in order to access what should otherwise be a business interaction that exists as part of enterprises that play out over an increasingly borderless world, but that borderless business world is shaping up way too slowly.