As things stand these days, we have ceased to see ourselves as living in a society and gotten used to seeing ourselves as being part of an economy.
Economies are only the ways societies feed and shelter themselves, which means they are only about money and how it works. But our particular economy is about making more money. More and more of it. Obscene amounts of it, for its own sake. And it works by treating all of us as interchangeable and disposable. We only matter to the degree we are useful to the making of more money. Once we are deemed not useful, once we are disposed of, that’s it. We cease to matter.
Except as problems.
This is not true.
It’s only the way things are because we’ve given control of the money and the making of money to assholes.
We aren’t here to make assholes money.
In the words of Dr Vonnegut, the novelist’s son, we are here to help each other get through this thing, whatever it is.
In a similar vein, from Why Washington Is Cutting Safety Nets When Most Americans Are Still in the Great Recession by Robert Reich:
The second big reason why shares are up while most Americans are down is corporations continue to find new ways to boost profits and share prices by cutting their labor costs – substituting software for people, cutting wages and benefits, and piling more responsibilities on each of the employees that remain.
Like I said. Interchangeable. Disposable. Useful only to the degree we help make more money.