As I was returning from my weekend travel, I was struck with a question of what would be needed to fix certain activities of a local group so that the future actions would benefit the paying members. After listing numerous things that would need to be changed from such simple things as marketing and governing infrastructure all the way up to actually following proper conduct and methods, and ending in small discussion about a group based on having the paying members create the content and activities themselves. Naturally, the follow-up to this was Who will do all that without getting paid? My simple answer was Somebody with a good heart, but often this isn’t enough if the governing body of members is reluctant to change their methods. See, if they were to do all that was necessary to lift the ‘club’ from the low point they are, they would like to get paid. So, why not?
I’ve always wondered why companies and corporations are called evil. After all, they provide us our houses, food, goods and so on, unless you’re a person who relies on nothing but his own work and lives in the woods.
Necessary companies are not evil. (Then again, concepts of good and evil are completely subjective.) The company that provides your electricity is not evil, they’re just providing what you want and need. What they do is no small task and requires both time and money, so it is natural to pay them back for the energy you use.
Then we have companies and corporations that are not necessary. Entertainment industry and every company associated with it are largely unnecessary for the society to work. Sure, they provide something to listen to, but so do your neighbours, and they offer workplaces all around but at their core none of the corporations are necessities. Music and movies won’t fill your stomach. However, the heat will keep you warm and it’s much easier to make food with the stove you have there.
Granted, there are companies that use rather underhanded methods to make profits and put every bit of work on their sub-contractors, but overall that’s nothing new and this form of deception has been going on since the birth of trading. Blame it on human nature or anything, but anyone who is providing a service in material goods or in service are entitled to ask something back, and money is the easiest way. It has a fixed value and all other products can be measured against it. How much money is a carton of milk? How many squirrel skins is the same carton of milk? How long do I need to massage your back for that milk? An ‘evil’ provider can ask you fifteen squirrel skins instead of three or demand you to massage him for five hours and then some extra in his special region. With money, he can ask overprice but you can always step into another place because you know the value. There’s no real room of guessing and opinion.
The only thing that still exists with money is how much you are willing to pay for that milk carton, but seeing that the price is pretty much even across the board when you consider the quality of different brands, you can be assured that two euros in your hand will get you that milk you are after so much. What’s so special about milk anyway? [Coffee!]
Numerous companies and corporations have sprung up from local people doing what has been necessary locally. People with same interest and skills have poured their passion into a hobby for example and have sold their products to the locals, and in cases of goods, they might have sold their products via the Internet. Then, when demand has become bigger, the group either grew or kept serving smaller amount of customers. Naturally, this is also a great spot to create your own workplace and start a company serving this product X. Expanding from the existing market and serving more customers and getting actually paid is a really nice thing to have.
Why would it be bad to expand into proper paying job, or at least getting small payment for work?
There isn’t. A job’s a job, and if it goes over the limit where you wouldn’t wish to do it freely, a small monthly salary would be enough. However, if the governing body refuses to do the needed work or hire someone to do it for them, then it’s up to other members to step in and put an end to the stupid practises. If this won’t take place, then we can all but ask if there really is need for the whole thing to exist in the first place. Having fun with friends and making things for friends is always nice and dandy, but when you’re supposed to step outside that comfort zone and start catering their interest and wishes , things get a bit convoluted. Because of the general human nature, it is rather uncommon for this to happen unless we’re talking about something slightly bigger, like having a yearly convention.
Making money is not a negative thing. On the contrary, it supports whatever you have in your list of agendas, unless the money itself becomes the main thing. Most of us do it in a way or another, some just have a position where they can amass it in larger quantities to many others. I see no reason for the local electricity company to get higher profits than the pizza joint just by the corner. It’s a really good pizza joint as well, and I gladly pay for their pizzas. I don’t use their services often, once or twice per month, but I do appreciate their existence. On the other hand, I’m using the electricity provided by the electricity company just to type this down, and pretty much every second I am awake at home or at work causes me to consume electricity in some form.
I have a friend who makes heavenly white chocolate cake. I intend to pay him for a cake I’ll request from him. I see no drawbacks in this in any direction.