How to magnify an addiction to maximize profits
It would be nice if money weren’t the primary motivating factor in business. It would be nice if the health and welfare of every individual human being was the primary motivating factor in business. But it’s not. That is why this post may be the hardest one to construct. It not only involves corporate America, it involves a major portion of all industry. both big and small, Even down to the mom and pop stores in smalltown, America, and that’s what makes this post so hard to write. But mostly, it reflects the greed of the chemical industry delving into to grain industry and the pharmaceutical industry.
The problem is, that this problem invades the very core of our society, our sustenance. This is what we all work for. Our primary goal, for our families, (after finding shelter) is to put food on the table. And this is where the problem begins. Everyone has to eat. This makes everyone, who’s hungry, susceptible to outside influences, to quench those hunger pangs.
The food industry understands this. They’ve done numerous studies on it. Their research has told them how, when, where, and to whom to market their products to. All so they can increase their profits.
Their only interest, though, is to please their stockholders, they not interested in their customer’s health (unless they are in the health industry), so everything they do, is done for the bottom line, profit. Because of this shortsightedness, and not looking that far into the future, they’re cutting their own throats, by harming their market with products, that are not only making their customers sick, their products are killing the customers.
These products kill because of the sugar they contain, we all know that. But the problem here is, that they don’t kill immediately. Their death sentence takes a lot longer. It’s a lot more painful. It’s a lot more expensive. It’s a lot more emotionally draining. It’s definitely, nothing anyone should have to experience, yet the addiction keeps anyone who’s on this diet, remain on this diet, voluntarily. Only those strong enough can break the cycle of addiction. But the beauty of breaking it is this, it doesn’t take that long, as long as you can abstain from its lure. It only takes a month or two, for the average addict. Heavier, more addicted people, might take another month or two. But I can promise you, that everyone will experience the magic of partial freedom, even by abstaining for the period of time they can. They just have to give it an honest try.
Bringing the food industry to an understanding, that they are sacrificing tomorrows customers for today’s profits, may help in curbing corporate influence, but is it enough to change the behavior of all corporate America? I don’t know. The amount of change that would have to occur, is enormous because the industry is enormous. How do you change an industry this enormous? The only way I know how to, is one company at a time until all companies see the light.
Unfortunately, profit doesn’t have a soul. It has no moral values. And it’s the moral values that make us a society. Without them, we’d have no laws or regulations to keep people from stepping on other people’s toes. This begs the question, what role does profit play in a civilized culture. Most of us know that profit = money. Most of us also know that a civilization needs money to conduct commerce, so everyone within that civilization can trade their goods and services. It’s this trade, that’s at the core of civilization. People came together in primitive times for protection, and this, in turn, started us trading our possessions and food. And thus, the beginning of commerce, the engine that keeps our society, culture, and civilization growing.
If it’s the desire of money, that’s at the root of all evil, does that make all of corporate America evil, because of their desire to improve their profits? Some would say so, simply because of the lack of responsibility corporate America takes for their actions when they harm others. Others would say, it’s survival. In all actuality, it’s both. The desire for profit and power is what drives almost all of corporate America. It’s my opinion, that this is where corporate America is failing society.
Because they have to fulfill stockholders wishes to make more money, they are obligated to do so. Doing anything else would not be considered profitable and it wouldn’t keep the stockholders happy. The company would lose the investment of their stockholders and this, in turn, would strongly disable their ability to conduct business and therein threaten the existence of the company. Profit is important. It’s one of the biggest, if not the biggest motivating factors in our society.
We, in the United States, have always used our freedoms, to bolster our efforts to increase our profits. It’s this freedom, that’s built the strongest empire in history. The problem is this when you consider freedom and what it brings us, you have to look at the other side of the coin, that freedom is on. The other side of this freedom coin that’s tossed around, so much (mostly politically), is responsibility. You can’t have true freedom without responsibility. The responsibility side of this coin, says that you must take responsibility for the freedoms you enjoy, especially when those freedoms inflict harm on another human being. You can’t have true freedom without this responsibility. Without the responsibility, what do you have? A society without control. When anybody, person, group, or company isn’t fully responsible for enjoying their freedoms, where does the freedom exist for all parties? In that sense then, where does it exist for anyone? It doesn’t when one does harm to any other person. only one person’s freedom was expressed. The person on whom this expression of freedom was committed, wasn’t allowed to express their own freedom because they are subject to the freedoms of the other. Is this really true freedom? I submit, that it isn’t, it’s not true freedom at all. At best, it’s pseudo-freedom.
It’s how our system, works, and because our Supreme Court thinks that corporations are the same as people, they’ve said that they deserve the same rights and freedoms as any single individual human being. Yet, they’re allowed a lot more freedom, simply because, they have the money to do so. Here’s the worst part of this, because of our addiction, it’s our money they use. We give it to them, freely, every time we buy their products. At least we think we do. We’re actually succumbing to their desire. We are slaves to their wishes,
This is a trap, that I refuse to fall into. I can only thank Dr Perlmutter, Dr Davis, and Dr Amen, for setting me on the path that brought me to this point, and these blogs, (I don’t mention Dr. Amen anywhere in any of my blogs, except right here. The reason I mention him here, is because he’s the one who basically started me on this journey.)