You’ll find the introduction to this series here.
This post looks at Business.
What do we understand by the term ‘business’? In fact, it encompasses a wide range of activities and philosophies. Some people are in business to make improvements to life, some to help others, but most business is focussed on one thing: profit. Is profit good, bad, inevitable, unnecessary, morally justifiable?
The world as it is at present is largely run by Big Business. This isn’t generally at the forefront of consciousness, but even basic analysis reveals the media is owned and run by a small group of individuals/companies with their own vested interests. Money is power (a cliché, but no less true for that). And when multinational corporations own more wealth than the assets of some countries, perhaps we need to ask the question; ‘Is business actually good for the world?’
Many people are employed by businesses of all sizes, types, and philosophies. But has business itself become more important than the world’s people? Is profit the prime focus of too many companies, making the already rich even more wealthy?
There is no doubt the future will bring huge changes to the way business is conducted. But will it also make the current business landscape ever more amenable to huge corporations, or will people and governments come to understand placing power in the hands of such organisations/individuals is a major cause of pollution, inequality, climate change, environmental damage, injustice, population growth, modern slavery, and many other social problems and injustices?
In short, is business good for humanity in its present form? If not, what might the future bring to improve/change the situation? Is it possible the world will become overtly run by business instead of the covert role it currently holds?
There is a basic mismatch between those who create business and those who are required, by the system it has created, to work for it. Business is mostly about making money. Employment is a social contract exchanging skills, time, energy, and brainpower of individuals for the means to live and raise a family in the false world created by that behemoth. Will the future increase the wealth gap created by this one-sided system, or is it possible the entire structure will collapse, and a new, morally superior, and equitable system develop in its wake?
These are just some suggestions I make for consideration if you’re including business in your story. I’m sure you can think of many more. Please feel free to let us know your ideas, using the comment space below the post.
Part 1, Introduction and Accommodation. Part 2, Activism. Part 3, Advertising. Part 4, Agriculture. Part 5, Artificial Intelligence. Part 6, Animals, as Pets. Part 7, Art. Part 8, Authority. Part 9, Banking. Part 10, Beauty. Part 11, Blasphemy.