Couple of years back, a friend living in Bulgaria asked me to order for him an album of J.M.M.Turner. He said something like " Could you order this Turner's album from Amazon so that I can pick it up when I come to England - Amazon doesn't deliver to Bulgaria."* To which I answered that I don't use Amazon, explaining precisely and particularly why, and suggested to buy the book from a local bookshop. "As you like" my friend said "At Amazon it is £17 cheaper and I don’t intend to spend more on it”.
As I am all in the service of friends and art, I promised to buy the album from a local bookshop and cover the difference - after all, one has to pay a personal price to defend one’s believes. Practice what I preach, I try to do as often as possible. Said as done, I ordered Turner’s album from Waterstones - not sure that it is better for the community than Amazon, but it looks like a bookshop at least. Upon reception my friend said "Thank you", handed over Amazon’s price for the album and that was that.
In this micro episode I did perform a tiny bit of magic for Waterstones and did not allow my friend to perform his planned little bit of magic for Jeff Bezos. These £17, and more precisely their lack, did not affect my standard of living and until now the thought of whether buying only from Amazon could have lifted-up my living standard hadn’t occurred to me.
The question here is not why Jeff Bezos doesn’t choose to perform magic for humanity. The question is why so many people choose to perform magic for Jeff Bezos. Which is the same as: This is the decision of millions of people to perform non-magic for other people, but to perform savings for themselves, like £17. The accumulative effect of millions of people performing non-magic for other people but savings for themselves, eventually results in millions of people doing magic for Jeff Bezos. Why doesn’t Jeff GoldPileDragon Bezos perform magic for Humanity with his £160 billion? Because the gold pile he is sitting on is a result of Humanity performing non-magic! That’s why. This gold pile, no matter how big, is deprived of all magical qualities - as it represents the golden expressions of humanity’s selfishness.
In the same manner I ask my friends why do they work voluntarily and for free, sometimes doing long shifts, for Mark Zuckerberg? To which question they cannot give any reasonable answer. "Don't post it on Facebook, post it on my blog" I say. To which suggestion the answer is a permanent and monochrome "No".
"Why? Why?" I then ask the friends, "Why for Mark SugerMountain but not for me? Is he your friend? Is he dearer to your heart? Is he prettier than me? Does he treat you better than I do? Does he give you a share of Facebook's profit?" No answer.
Mind you I offered only those with less than a couple of hundred of followers on Facebook - The others with the mackerel passages volume of followers I did not approach - "You are maintaining an excellent column on Facebook with only 5-6 likes on each article/post, why don't you sod Facebook and post with me?" No. "You will be there with your name, your picture, your whatever you want." No. "I'll give you the blog's access password so that you do whatever you like on your own subpage". No. .... Mystery upon mystery.
Again : Why would millions of people want to perform magic for SugerMountain and GoldPileDragon and anti-magic for millions other people? Mystery upon mystery.
Back to SugerMountain, about five years ago and in a state of optimistic drunkenness - of the type that sails viking ships in open seas and galops on black Arabian horses through vast steppes - I sat and wrote a letter to Mark Zuckerberg, suggesting that he starts playing, not merely a magician, but… god. "Now" wrote I "When Facebook generates such a stupendous profit, why don't you start playing god by initiating the Facebook Wheel of Fortune for Mankind (FWFM). It will consist of you turning two wheels. On one there will be years written, on the other countries. You spin the wheels and you get results like Burkina Faso 1983, Sweden 2001 and Tasmania 1968. Each Facebook user marked on Facebook as born in the respective year in the respective country will receive a $1million.
Imagine the impact - personal and national, when say a few thousands or more people in a country find themselves outside their usual business and on the road to leisure and entrepreneurship. Hail Discordia! In this way, you Mark SugarMountain will become everybody’s favourite and living “My unknown uncle who died in America leaving me his fortune” You’ll spin FWFM three times at a go each year… say at New Years Eve or on New Year's morning. Sometimes you will have special FWFM spin editions like: FWFM Spin for Women - this for Priscilla’s birthday - it will be absolutely the same as the New Year’s one but here the praises will be $10million and will go only to the women born in such and such year in such and such country. Forget the people - just imagine the governments and l'effroi avec which they will expect FWFM Show! Broadcast on FWFM tv-channel ! And its repurcutions on global economics and polititcs!
As it hasn't yet been done, I guess Mark has received my letter.
In an attempt to make life for people a little bit more rock’n’roll, I am always establishment-friendly, yet establishments, just as my friends, remain mostly unresponsive.
So our hope and expectations of you dear Lady of Colloureful Dreams and Shirts to achieve more noticeable rock'n'roll effect on establishments are very high.
*The reason for that can't be Jeff Bezos's disregard of Bulgaria for being the poorest country in the EU - Jeff knows far too well that the most lucrative market is the poor market, especially for his kind of business. The reason is probably the greed of the current - for the last twelve, practically twenty, years - Bulgarian government. For this is a government whose main source of income is the Bulgarian people and it wouldn't let anybody else milk it. Just as they didn't let Uber in but let Maxim, functioning on the same principle. Maxim is a Russian, Ukrainian or Georgian - Maxim drivers couldn't agree - taxi services provider. Why Maxim and not Uber? Probably because unlike Maxim, they couldn’t use Uber for money laundering. Nobody knows. - Sorry, I’ve been too long in Bulgaria this summer. Bulgarian reality bugs my mind.
Google answers : Is there Amazon in Bulgaria? Does Amazon ship to Bulgaria / Can you buy from Amazon in Bulgaria? The short answer is: No - very few Amazon.com products ship to Bulgaria. About two thirds of Amazon stores (third-party sellers) that make up the bulk of merchants on Amazon don't ship internationally at all.
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