Thursday, January 29, 2009
Lessons in Economic Pragmatism
I would, indeed, like to buy the world a Coke and teach the world to sing. Sounds nice.
Unfortunately, I don’t have the wherewithal to support that goal since it would take more money and more professional singing coaches than I have on hand and resources are, indeed, limited. And while I considered, for a time, levying a new fee on singers worldwide in support of vocal equity, but decided that the bureaucracy and the inherent inefficiency in the collection and redistribution process of that scale would leave me far from my stated goal unless my “Sing Tax” was onerous enough that it might have an overall detrimental effect on the industry of singing--which seems contrary to my overall goal.
Besides, I couldn’t come to a place where teaching the world to sing lent itself to easily measurable results and the distribution of Coca Cola seemed likely to invite corruption and misuse on the part of intermediaries in some of the more difficult parts of the world. The last thing I wanted was the hear stories of charitable shipments of Coca Cola being re-sold by crime bosses in Kenya.
So, no, I’ll have to take a pass on that bit of kindness--which is fine since who the hell am I to decide that everyone in the world wants a Coke? Maybe they would prefer Dr. Pepper.
Doing good deeds on a global scale is such a pain in the ass.