"Biting the Hand That Feeds . . ."












E L S E W H E R E

Scenewash | Bookskellar

Glossary | Les Galleries

Mailscene | Sober As A Judge

  • Judgement Seat

    © 1997-02 GSIS

  •  
    Mercenary work has nearly always been with us, as motivated groups form and differences in human capacity emerge. With natural vitality the idea of mercenary work is one of the most universally accepted forces worldwide. Although differing drastically sometimes in its form, we can agree that the mercenarial principle has filtered down through the ages in various forms of bribery intended to coerce workers into a unified judgement despite the pretense of free choices made available to the modern individual. From the group uniform to specific political objectives earmarked to help the executive body increase and retain its power and influence, these judgements are handed down as stringent guidelines. Often even the slightest divergence from a mercenarial code can lead to dismissal of the mercenary who must then scramble to pawn his resources to another parafinancial structure, or else forfeit zero to slim chances of maintaining that current status in the community.
        To accept payment at a specified exchange rate agreeable to both hirelings and employer, to purchase goods, food, housing, entertainment, or other services from another party for an agreed fee is presumed interlocking by the generally recognized statements of the social contract. Influence is peddled, expectations are noted, arrangements for an exchange is made, and mammon is its loudest voice.
        Henry Miller wrote in his essay "Money and How It Got That Way" a few words we might note today. "There are people in the world today who, under the suasive logic of the Marxian diurectic, pretend to believe that one day money will be eliminated from men's consciousness. Many of these people, it is plain to see, have never had money, and therefore have no conception of the great sensual satisfaction which the mere handling of money means, even when said money is not one's own. How else account for the clerk in the accounting house, or the Chinese prepossession of the till, or the miser, or the great financier who scarely ever handles his own money but always other people's money? To have money in the pocket is one of life's small but inestimable pleasures of life. To have money in the bank is not quite the same thing, but to take money out of the bank is indisputably a great joy. The pleasure then is in the handling, not the spending necessarily, as some economists would have us believe."
        Handling money is a slick communication camouflaging the effects of selling oneself to the highest or most convenient bidder. With bribes of work and means for self-sustenance driving our judgements, they are not our own but are those of whom we desire to be, that is to say, a moneyhandler.      --GT