Empathy for the businessman? What the Hell?

That’s The Way It Goes – George Harrison

There’s a man talking on the radio
What he’s saying I don’t really know
Seems he’s lost some stocks and shares
Stops and stares
He’s afraid I know
That’s the way it goes

There’s a man talking of the promised land
He’ll aquire it with some Krugerrand
Subdivide and deal it out
Feel his clout
He can stoop so low
And that’s the way it goes

There’s an actor who hopes to fit the bill
Sees a shining city on a hill
Step up close and see he’s blind
Wined and dined
All he has is pose
And that’s the way it goes

There’s a fire that burns away the lies
Manifested in the spiritual eye
Though you won’t understand the way I feel
You conceal, all there is to know
That’s the way it goes
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This is a good song and the lyrics point to a couple of concepts George was concerned about, namely, materialism and abuse of power with riches, the shallowness of the poseur actor and all it represents as Hollywood spreads its poisonous messages through movies. These are from verses two and three.

Verse four is a spiritual message and, as I am not a practitioner of any eastern religions, (although I took a course on this at university), the message is a little obscure to me.

Really, its verse one that interests me. This verse has occupied a puzzled part of my brain for some time.

There’s a man talking on the radio
What he’s saying I don’t really know
Seems he’s lost some stocks and shares
Stops and stares
He’s afraid I know
That’s the way it goes

OK, so: financial guy or investor on the radio speaking of a crash or some-such. Looks like he is in the midst of losing a lot of security or money or both.

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Most of the time, when you hear about stock crashes or investors losing money, the report is regarding corporate earnings, sometimes the little guy, but you never hear about the big guy, the rich guy, the portfolio’d guy and what he feels. Most assume he’ll bounce back as, if he was a prudent investor, he was diversified.

Who knows?

What I find interesting is the sentiment that George brings in that this guy is afraid. It’s very empathetic, even sympathetic and it is not something one hears every day.

I am not a fan of the pithy little sayings that people post on facebook, twitter, other social media. Sure, many of these things sound good, but they are always without context and, therefore, meaningless. I suppose you could put them in the context of your own life and situation, and try to apply them but then they become one dimensional solutions.

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They are, in fact, a waste of electrons and thought.

The point is, everyone is in a situation right now. Some are dreadful, some are pleasant, some are middlin’ but all have many shades and characteristics. The guy on the radio, well, his portfolio crash is occupying his mind and, as the process unfolds, that event will affect much of his life. His stocks will come back, or he’ll move what’s left to more secure environs but the fallout in the short term, long term, personal, professional, social are all up in the air.

Empathy for the businessman.

I’d be scared too.

Most aspects of change scare me. But, it is inevitable and must, therefore, be embraced.

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