This is a comment related to Jakke’s post about ramping Troglodyte down as a project.
When I face a mirror, I see the person to blame. My personal input was never on the required level.
I have a lot of started ongoing studies, but it is really tedious work. I believe one shouldn’t report much before knowing the results. It is also a reason why one needs to be fully committed. In spirit I am, but seemingly not in flesh. Not enough.
I have an excuse. That excuse led me to a project with a monthly salary. Hopefully we can build something great there.
Money and salary is the dilemma we have faced several times with Jakke and Niko during the last two years. There is so much work to be done, helpless to help and projects to start. And still we are in a situation where we all have to decide what is important and what is not.
We do it everyday, each of us.
An old car salesman told me 29 years ago that money is such an old innovation that everyone must have it by now. Or by then, since it is almost 30 years later now. There must be even more money to go around.
But in the areas of Humanitarian IPR or Humanitarian Work we don’t see it. Perhaps we need more old car salesmen there.
We and many others are not asking for much or for something impossible. But even that is too much. Big part of it is due to institutional problems (not challenges) buried in the way how they behave. We have touched those in our previous posts.
The system(s) need to see the money coming back and multiplying on its way. Human life is not money, even if it multiplies over time. The systems do not encourage to focus on something that would be important and could be done. They focus on what can be done and what makes money.
Yes, I am whining and am selfish.
I am not desperate enough or driven enough to forget everything else and drive just this one thing. I am in too good a position that food and shelter are not my problems. I too am thinking how to accumulate wealth to get me over the next dry season.
My dry season is related to work with salary, not a physical draught with famine.
I am ashamed, it is only the image in the mirror and the ones near me that I value high enough.
It is not impossible to try and continue to change the status quo. To use effort and money to build something good and humanly valuable. Something that is not valuable only in monetary terms and measured in monetary terms.
Such work takes time.
We, together with APO and humanitarian IPR, are on a path to something we do not know where it leads us. It does not have a name.
We just know we can do more.
And we will.
I am sure we are not alone.
We will continue to change the thinking one sentence and a comment at a time. It just takes longer.
Once in a while we have regular jobs, but the face in the mirror reminds us that we have possibilities to do something good with the tools we have been given and have gathered.
For us it is evolution over revolution, affecting the system with its democratic rules. Respecting our societies and everyone around us.
I don’t think the world is ready yet, we have potential for so much more.
All of us.