big fish/ little fish (16/Jan/18)

it’s simple laws of physics… when something gets too big it becomes unstable at either collapses in on itself or pops… as so many big businesses, corporations, greed-mongers, mangy money-monsters have found to their detriment…… or more often than not to the detriment of those at the bottom who without fail get crushed in the aftermath……

and it keeps happening, there’s nothing new here with yet another over-bloated business, this time being a construction firm, going out of business having found its mass too big for its boots… and why?… because like all the other that went before and all those currently well on the way to the same fate, it’s only ever a matter of time, they have swallowed up smaller business concern after smaller business concern, some of whom were competitors and what better way to deal with one than to eat them alive through aggressive takeovers…… consequently they grew… and grew… and grew… getting bigger, lumpier, blobbier, more incongruous to the point of…. pop!…… imagine how you feel after over-eating, stuffing more and more inside even though there’s already no more room at the inn….

these companies are almost anorexic…. stuffing themselves stupid only to spew it all out again, in this case the jobs of those in the smaller businesses they’ve bought and then dismantled piece by piece, worker by worker… and then they do it again… and again… and again… until their body can’t handle it anymore and one by one systems irrevocably shut down until there’s nothing left but skin and bones…

it’s nothing new, nothing no one doesn’t already know and yet… it keeps happening… bigger fish are allowed and even encouraged and enabled to eat smaller fish under a fundamentally flawed and convenient misinterpretation of Darwin’s “survival of the fittest” theory… basically ‘strong kills weak and goes on to rule the world’ is far from what it means……

simple laws of physics… play Jenga and see for yourself…… there’s only so big a business of a particular type can be before it implodes, begins to eat itself alive and each business only needs to be as big, or indeed as small, as it need to be to remain (to use that well-worn cliché) fit for purpose, for its raison d’etre…. gluttony is probably one of the seven deadly sins for a reason……

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