Knowing why so many Knysna businesses have gone under (or being replaced by national franchises) should be something that we not only seek but also have taught to us by our local government. As they’ve repeatedly proven, the Knysna Municipality, (DA, COPE and ANC councillors) feels no obligation to the public it’s suppose to serve unless it’s to repeatedly present the misguided notion of pretending that problems don’t exist so as not to damage our all-important, yet lessening, tourist industry. If you don’t acknowledge the problem, you cannot fix it!
As much as they are at fault, we, as the public, are far more at fault if we do not investigate for ourselves. Knowing why we are in the shit is one of the most important things we can do. We not only have a responsibility to our friends, families and self but also to one another. You and i are interlinked. If we don’t change things, we will fall together.
As a precursor to the bigger picture, i composed a small story to ram home just how stupid and abusive the current financial system (that rules our lives) is. I ask you to think, share and alter the limited mindset you’ve accepted those before us as well as the current crop of banks, insurance companies and corrupt politicians (especially if they’re South African).
If you are unaware of who David Blaine is, the illusionist and endurance artists, read here first.
David Blaine was astounded and perplexed by what he was witnessing. The world’s most famous street magician has entertained many with his sleight-of-hand changing of a $1 bill into $100 yet his smarts were failing him now. He couldn’t figure out how Ben Bernanke, chairman of the US Federal Reserve System, was repeatedly multiplying $1. First into $8. Then that into $80. How much more would it grow?
Worse than losing count was that David could still only see $1. Bernanke would EFT it to a Bank’s account where it would suddenly appear as so much more. “I give up,” exasperated David. “Tell me how you’re doing the best trick I’ve ever seen?”
Bernanke smiled and said, “I won’t share my secrets but I will give you an important clue – it isn’t magic.”
Not magic at all but rather a world monetary system based on illusions whose values are determined by interest rates and bull/bear markets that are influenced or controlled by banks who are not a safeguard for the public’s interest but rather self-profiteers.
The solution to the world’s financial woes is to back money with physical resources or introduce an interest free, credit/debit system. Whichever way, the power of the banks needs transference to an educated public.