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I saw a tweet today from His Holiness the Dalai Lama on materialism, I think it is great he takes a stance on things like this:
In today’s materialistic world there is a risk of people becoming
slaves to money, as though they were simply cogs in a great
money-making machine. This does nothing for human dignity,
freedom, and genuine well-being. Wealth should serve humanity,
and not the other way around.
I think he has seen it accurately. If you look at most businesses, that is exactly what they do: treat people as cogs in a money-making machine. Corporations are often optimised around the idea of profit — look at the whole idea of cost-cutting exercises for example. They try to minimise what is spent on staff, what staff spend time on, and maximise profits.
If you then think that many people around the world are spending many hours doing the bidding of these kinds of corporations, we are already well on the way to humanity serving money. Compare that to a hundred years ago, when the modern factory was barely more than a glint in Henry Ford’s eye.