"Those who travel with the current will always feel they are good swimmers; those who swim against the current may never realize they are better swimmers than they imagine."
- Shankar Vedantam

Do we dare to share a meal? The Culture of “ME”

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/fortitude-valley-freestyle-tout-owner-martin-duncan-says-diners-must-order-at-least-one-meal-per-person-from-today/story-fnihsrf2-1227022360457?nk=cf991a62e48f3a841bad66469ed3e041

What does it tell us when sharing becomes a bad thing?  Are we REALLY surprised when we read things like this? My first thought when I read this was “It’s just business… that’s the way the world works.” But then on deeper reflection it makes me think on our culture of ME, ME, ME that we live in.

It’s easy to defend the supposed benefits of capitalism and look to our past history to see that socialism doesn’t work but we DO currently live within an economic system that thrives on competition and inequality. It seems only logical to me that the concept of the “shared meal” eventually gives way to the more egocentric system that we live within.

Yup, that’s business but it doesn’t effing well make it right.

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