|L B wrote:|
|I see businesses as living entities, seeing as they fit most if not all the requirements of life, just as many scientists consider cities to be alive.|
I always thought the definition of "life" was rather arbitrary. If you want to stretch the definition to include things like businesses and cities (which are clearly artificial) then that kind of defeats the entire point of distinguishing life from non-life, IMO.
#3 - Metabolism certainly does not apply to businesses. The only organic components in businesses are its workers. And businesses do not create workers internally through metabolism. The workers aren't even strictly part of the business (ie: people are only there for a few hours before they go home and do other things)
Some others are questionable, but I suppose if you count the people working in the business as part of the business itself, they could qualify.
|Personally I can't even believe that unemployment benefits exist. There's a difference between providing the minimum to become employed, and providing enough to buy luxury shoes and milk the system.|
I think we've reached a point in society (and have actually been here for several years) where there's more people living than work that needs to be done. Its at that point where the flaws in Capitalism become exaggerated.
Most people aren't unemployed because they're lazy. They're unemployed because there simply isn't work.
And a lot of people who are employed simply don't make enough money.
A lot of people say minimum wage shouldn't be increased because minimum wage jobs are not intended to pay a livable wage... that you're supposed you work your way up and out of them. But that implies that there are enough higher-level jobs to go around for everyone
in the country... which there clearly isn't.
The only solution I see to this problem is to do a better job of socializing income -- though government sponsored programs like food stamps, unemployment benefits, supplementary income for people whose job does not pay well enough, etc.
Of course... if anyone even mentions the 's' word they're berated in the media for being un-American. The general attitude of the country is to just say "screw it" and leave people who were born into shitty circumstances to twist in the wind. This leads to tremendous income gaps (which this country has), high crime (which this country has), and high incarceration rates (which this country has in spades).
And yes... there are always people who are going to abuse the system. Though I find it comically tragic that people are more concerned about the poor abusing the system for a few grand just so they can survive than they are for the 1% abusing the system for billions purely out of greed.
|In other words, I hate politics :p |