samhill wrote:The shame of it is the big just keep getting bigger & soon there will be no competition in just about anything.
You are right about that. Small business can't afford lobbyists to custom craft laws for their benefit as happened with the Medicare drug program.
The culture of corruption has permeated nearly everything in government and a lot outside it. Even the well meaning have to make deals with the devil to accomplish anything.
Islam, rightly so, condemns the materialism of the West. No matter how costly the trousers you still have to put them on one leg at a time. Spirituality has almost vanished, even the dictionary can no longer even define it. What was common knowledge 100 years ago is no longer understood. Our behavior will determine our fitness to survive. A frenzy of covetousness and envy striving for the useless is not the answer.
A friend who had traveled the world commented to Emerson 150 years ago, that people the world over were the same but those who were closest to the wild were the most virtuous. Those who had the least but in reality had the most.