Whenever I hear the mere mention of ‘The Economy’ or economists, I feel a sense of shame that our society has become so hell bent on destroying itself on the almost religious belief that money is more important than our fragile populations and our ever more fragile planet.
Even worse, it is not about real money, it is about unreal money in the form of market value, government debt and ‘too big to fail’ corporate debt. The Economy is not about human values, as it has no conscience in its habit of reducing massive unemployment, family disintegration, social upheaval and evictions into tiny little decimals and percentages.
10.3 % unemployment in the US, or 22.7% unemployment in Spain, 20.1% increase in famine areas of Africa or a 50% decrease in the value of the Euro sound palatably sterile in the news. No one listens or reacts to the economist’s percentages and decimal points. They are cold, unreal and inhuman.
2,700,000 Americans with no job or hope, 1,400,000 people in Spain destitute, 3,340,000 real mothers, fathers and children starving to death in Africa and the entire populations of Greece, Portugal, Ireland, Iceland and many more countries losing any sense of financial security is what is real. Every one a suffering individual human being.
Economists, The Economy and the savage Stock Markets have no measure of human value except in percentage terms. Cold, calculating and unfeeling.
I can only think of what Douglas Adams made of this.
“This planet has — or rather had — a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movements of small green pieces of paper, which is odd because on the whole it wasn’t the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy.” (Adams, “Prologue”, _Hitchhiker’s_, 1).