- Albert Einstein
In this world, the folly of mankind is constantly on display. There are few instances where even the best of us manage not to exhibit the inelegance of the human experience, exposing ourselves as the moral rodeo clowns our true nature foists upon us. Far too often, we, as a people, spend our time jousting at windmills without even the knight’s bright intentions to shield us from our foibles.
Alas, this is how it is, how it was and how it shall ever be. And if you doubt me, all you have to do is watch the body politic attempt to wrangle in its attendant financial sector, an attempt that is often made with the same amount of grace and competence you would see in a half-drunk, one-legged cowboy trying to wrestle a steer that’s recently been zapped with a 5,000-volt cattle prod.
With that in mind, watch as the United States government makes yet another attempt to “regulate” its financial partners on Wall Street. Watch as they try to bite the hand that feeds them. Smirk in scorn and contempt as they pretend to care about the misery and greed the modern Masters of the Universe have wrought.
Legislative efforts, if you can call them that, to reign in the greed and excess will likely meet with the same Promethean fate that similar attempts to bring sense and reason to an unjust and inequitable system often do. Witness, for instance, campaigns to raise the minimum wage or institute a fair and humane immigration policy.
When we, as a society, reach the proverbial pearly gates, when future generations look back on our inability to display even the slightest iota of egalitarian ethos, that metaphorical Saint Peter will have no choice but to chastise us and cast us down into the fiery depths of historical hell.
Whether it’s our elected officials or, simply, the general populace, who are so impotent as to be unable to enact laws and standards that govern and enforce fair play and common decency in society, it has become clear: As one of the great modern philosophers once put it, no matter where you look – K Street, Wall Street or Main Street – We have met the enemy, and he is us.