This post is dedicated to all the rhinos of the world. Aphrodisiac or not, it is still unnecessary slaughter. All the things rhino horn can do: horn powder is a party drug and a cure for cancer among other things. There are people who will use a lot of money for horns because as a luxury item it does something.

People purchase a myth and a luxury item. “Some conservation groups, however, don’t think rhino horn’s newfound popularity in Vietnam has much to do with the cancer cure-all rumor (pdf, p.2). The more likely reason, they say, is that the horn powder is increasingly seen as a cocaine-like party drug, virility enhancer and luxury item–“the alcoholic drink of millionaires,” as a Vietnamese news site called it. “(Rhino horns are made of keratin, the same protein found in human hair and fingernails, and there’s little evidence that they have curative value for anything).

Is conquering the world an essential goal for Europe? What is there to conquer other than material possessions?

The whole idea of taking over a market is preposterous. To take over markets to rule the world, whatever markets there are. To take over graphics and ratings to show off. Markets that consumers make, that are us. The question is how do we change ourselves and our behavior since we affect the whole world as a market still by consuming or not consuming. To take over minds of consumers is to give maps and guide how to act. For experts to tell us what we are doing wrong. What is ultimately wrong as we struggle in financial depression that does not seem to go away, fade away from our backs. Why do we struggle so much in this constant turmoil of a floating state of misery? We see where we probably should be going but do not act upon it. There are many advises, advisers, but still we do not move from this thing. Why is it so much an agony to change a way of thinking? Because it should be complete?

One example is the voting for gay marriage. Finland is in principle a secular country, but still when it comes to issues of altering a way of thinking that is an ancient relic, we have a huge fight over it. Bible is certainly dragged into it and rights of children. We are worried. Let me remind you that the world is built by the straight world view. It is not a pretty sight. Must be God’s work. Hypocrisy is so obvious and ridiculous. In a secular country religion does not dictate legislation. Religion, Christianity in this case, has lots to say in who has the right to maintain power structures as they have been, who has a say over what changes and what not and how those structures function for society, to benefit who. Religion to decide over people’s lives is walking on thin ice. In a country where church and state are separate issues of who can get married should have been solved already.

Ideas to conquer the world? To make the markets profit. Isn’t the big picture made of small dots.

Price of everything, value of nothing.

A popular person called star is an object, product, vendible living machine, cash apparatus, one after another constantly changing trend to keep up with, speed and sparkling idea, embodiment of some perfection, exceptional person blooming sexuality and eroticism. A tale of her that needs to be told. That is one kind of shuttle into vast space of a market, where all the stars may shine for us and share their blessings like refreshments we cannot live without. Legends and astronomical positions of stars predict the future of fashion, future of what moves us. What the mass of people like to see and hear, will like and remember. Stars lead the way as talents, visionaries, makers, wisdom and truth tellers, storytellers, wise men and women, who taste the sweetest fruits of mankind and get our constant attention. Fame and fortune, full house and flush of spotlight, hurry for a new trend, business and action in the middle of it all. In the middle of it all are Swarovski crystals on stockings, strings and toned moving bodies as moments of pleasure for the audience, creating the moment of now, nowness, a kind of freedom experience where everything is possible, which reflects this day, fantasy and values of ours, rush of ours to get instant gratification and joy. Fun of having a tiny grip of life’s nonsense and puffing heaviness away. Circus of big money performers pays off bringing moods and something to dream about.

Heart of a superstar.

Feminine seduction via curves and flying hair. Is she looking for a perfect match, ecstasy between her and the audience, expressing herself through erotic (exotic) dancing, tiny wardrobe and emotional lyrics. Is her desire to be penetrated? Is she being raped by looks. Is she penetrated or the one who works a penis as she appears to be in charge? She has multiple roles to choose from and she does work both ways, as being pleased and a pleaser. She is a receiver and provider of pleasure. A bitch whore speaking her mind, saint mother, a wife and career woman, which roles all professional pop stars must master on stage and in real life. It is mastery of womanhood. Mastering and toying with ideas and ideals. You cannot do music with your clothes on.. All that she can be is what she is, what you can see. It is expected of her to have layers to peel, veils and canvases to fly with her hair with the help of a wind machine. Multifaceted public image to talk about make an interesting personality, who is she? Someone, who is not emptied at one stroke, with one look, pages of magazines. There is desire to fill up the world and air waves.

Consuming is a plan and a way to live, it is also a way to die. What is bad about having so much fun and getting what is rightfully yours? What is rightfully mine or anybodies? Is that what is bad about equality and democracy, sharing?

Business as usual? Is capitalism as we know it destroying us? Economy is vital base of how and why nations function. It has a role of making and giving value, keep us going. Where are we going and where do we need to go? Who sets our path? Is it the entity Capitalism? How economy and markets work and what they produce very much tell in what kind of world we live. Should markets be less open or more free is a nonstop argument. Most people seek to become rich wanting to possess more than is necessary and maintain a luxurious standard of living and consume more than is sufficient and sustainable. 

Anti-Capitalists ground their claims on facts that economy practiced now leaves most of the people in the world standing outside the fancy restaurant. To blame the system Capitalism is complicated swamp of questions and accusations for which there aren’t much easy answers. It is common demand of anti-capitalists to abolish our current economic system altogether.  Anti-Capitalists claim capitalism exploits workers and consumers for few to make huge profits. Anti-Capitalism can be called anti-profitism. Money being root of all evil and laws to regulate economy serve the wealthy.  

But how can economy and money be accused of governments functioning poorly and would any other economic system work any better? I doubt it strongly, but I also doubt system we are having. There has not been any better solution so far of making trade as we do now. It is worth while question businessmen and their ethics. Do consumers have ethics? Do they know what it is to consume ethically?

Capitalism can be good and it has been. Probably welfare here would not be without Capitalist ways of making wealth. Workers gaining their rights within this Capitalist production system has made them prosperous. Capitalism can serve good of all mankind if it is used in democratic and honest way. There is always the B side to making money how honest can it be and how money-making is regulated plays important part. How does morals work in this picture and how does a person’s moral develop in this system? How much is it due to in what kind of culture one grows up to and to what kind of needs we are culturally grown to live by? 

That would mean a drastic altering of way of life for which few would be ready. Are you ready for environmental time bomb, because it is ahead of us pretty close by. To say hey I’m doing this because I can is the most bullshit excuse to justify anything that is damaging planet and people in this magnitude!