Out of complexity, brutality
8 October 2010 7 Comments
In this article, sociologist Saskia Sassen analyses the collective hardship produced by the recent meltdown of financial institutions as the result of a cynical process by which systems of extreme complexity are created for the sake of profit, and which results in also delivering a base brutality.
I can’t think of a better way of describing what going on right now. What’s disheartening is I’m starting to see this equation everywhere now. Recently came across the term ‘knowledge harvesting’ (Google it if you must, I refuse to link to these organisations), which in effect refers to a systematic retrieval of ‘knowledge’ from people before you sack them. If words can be said to have an aura, ‘knowledge harvesting’ brings up the sense of cold, hard steel, every science fiction nightmare come to pass.
I want to have hope, I do. However, we might have to hold out until Pluto ingresses Aquarius (2023!), and keep maintaining a higher vibration in the meantime. As a wise tarot reader said to me not long ago — live in the crown chakra, not in the base one.