Cut Throats Get Ahead

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There are people out there in the world who don’t know that there is a recession. Some inherit their fortunes through family, but new money still does make it to the top. 

Some, however, walk into a fortune and see it as the divine right of the kings. What if there was an earthquake and everything is at the bottom of the ocean–what would be its worth then? Look at the recent scandal surrounding Edward Snowden. Imagine being Edward Snowden and having that bird’s eye view of the situation. A NSA agent would spy on the bad guys, preventing a bombing, or senseless death. Another NSA agent would spy on an everyday average family. Spying on the bad guys is good, but on an everyday family would be sick, or at least a sign of sickness.

cut-throatBut this problem does not just involve the government and an Orwellian worldwide surveillance system. Look at it from another angle. Some people get ahead in the workplace by ruining their rivals. When I worked as a crew member in the Toronto film unions, department heads would routinely call the union hall and tell the dispatchers who should come back, not come back, or ever come back.  In exchange, qualified workers would get bumped off the roster, allowing the promotion of nepotism, or other social rot. Would you prefer the fate of your career to be decided by a computer nerd at the NSA, or from Dan Ford at IATSE 873? I suppose the media world is no different. What happened with Edward Snowden is an example of the societal sickness that is so prevalent.

Look at it this way… if you want to get ahead, be a cut-throat, ruthless and do it by ruining the careers of others.  That is the way the world operates now period.  That Orwellian worldwide surveillance system is the manifestation of such a mentality.  This generation may have the Internet, YouTube, social media, or even Hollywood but can this generation handle such a responsibility? Yes, one can call it Darwinism, the survival of the fittest, but is it right? Remember, if you want to get ahead in the business world, be ruthless.  Face it, cut throat practices in the workplaces only allow the lowest calibre of individuals to get ahead.

Think not? Have a beer with any of those US Republicans, or members of the Liberal Party of Canada.  Both are part of the same one bloodline. All in all, in time we will find out if the English language is the standard form of communication in the world of business, or is it Chinese? Hindi or Spanish? I feel the cultures with thousands of years of history and tradition will outlast that start up thingy called Modern Western Civilization…. That being said, can we still trust an unmarried man in business?

4 Comments
  1. Jack Eason says

    Great article Paul. It seems to me that we are living in an ever worsening world when it comes to the way the ordinary man or woman is being spied on and victimised.

  2. Branka Cubrilo says

    The legendary sentence (they tried to engrave it into subconscious minds of population and they did succeed to a large extent. Who are ‘they’ – the Lords of Hollywood factory), and the legendary sentence is – “Greed is good.”

  3. Paul Collins says

    Someone I know in the industry wrote this after reading this article:

    Gerald Ruzka Lukaniuk To substantiate your claim about being abused by the industry. Other people claimed to have done the effects instead of me. Screwed up movies that hired them. Vile back stabbing and rumours started practically in my face. One dude even told a producer I was dead who was looking for me. Caught one lighting guy on thus set sabotaging a gag because his friend a big fx crook wanted it. I think it is really about Toronto. Spineless weasels descents of two face scum that stole and murdered from the aboriginals.
    5 hours ago via mobile · Unlike · 1

  4. Craig says

    This is less an article and more a personal rant about several different issues. The NSA spying leads into the Toronto Film Unions sliding into comments about personal problems and then ending with a grand commentary about western civilization.
    The writer really needed to choose any one topic and flesh it out effectively and in a non personal way.
    This article does not address the culture of greed or avarice, it really does not even cover its own title showing how cut throats get ahead..
    There is ample evidence available where you could have delved into the issues of sociopathic behaviour in corporate leadership. Instead you made a personal rant about how you feel wronged and how your being wronged is somehow tied into the entirety of western civilization.
    As the kids might say, “Ego Much?”

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