I coined new word for an old condition. “Wiki” is a Hawaiian word that generally means quick or fast. I have lived a little while and do not think the nature of man has changed dramatically over the centuries. I think there have always been greedy people and opportunists in every generation. And yet, the “wiki-ness” of our times may be unprecedented.
It is not uncommon for us to now have the facts come to light of greed and corruption on many levels of behavior. Dictators may clean out their own countries treasuries of wealth or art as they sense their demise or collapse of power. Corporate CEO’s award themselves ridiculous bonuses even sometimes when their company ‘ship’ is sinking and getting bailouts from taxpayers money! Now in the high speed internet age there are more “wiki” schemes (get rich quick) than ever before. And, if I am totally candid, I am not the only one to fall for a Ponzi scheme.
If you look at your daily scenery objectively you may notice subtle changes that reveal a remarkable mindset. If you know anything about marketing you realize that you put your biggest money makers in places like aisle ends or near the main doors of your business. Would you have thought ten or fifteen years ago that in most every grocery store, mini-mart, and gas plaza you would see get rich quick machines in the main traffic areas? I know of people who sacrifice their families grocery money for scratch off or lottery tickets.
All this may be more than coincidence. As people feel more and more powerless over their lives their panic and discontentment becomes more urgent and evident. The Bible tells in 2 Timothy 3 the following: “There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud………without self-control……treacherous, rash, conceited, …… lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.”
I wrote a song called “Wall St. Waltz”…(aka) “Wikigreedia” as a commentary of these times we live in. Let me know how you like it! I would also like to see a little forum on examples of Wikigreedia you find. Together maybe you and I can help each other avoid the rush to insanity?
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