Real People, Businesses & The Real World.


Businesses don’t exist in the real world.

Sure, businesses create goods and services that exist in the real world and they occupy offices and factories that exist in the real world but businesses themselves don’t exist in the real world in the sense that a rock, or a rabbit or a table exists in the real world, i.e. occupying physical space in the universe.

Businesses are in fact abstract entities – like a philosophical idea or mathematical formulae. Businesses are only legal entities, not physical objects, mental concepts, not real things.

Businesses do not feel grief or happiness, or shame or remorse. Businesses cannot be blown up or be killed. Their HQ can be blown up but the legal entity of the business itself will still exist because it doesn’t exist in the physical universe and therefore cannot be physically destroyed.

People on the other hand do exist in the real world. People do feel things and in the real world they can be harmed by violence, oppression, pollution, unemployment, exploitation, hunger, thirst, cold and exhaustion. People can feel joy, love, contentment and fulfilment but they can also feel fear, anger, resentment, depression and despair.

“Businesses create the wealth”, we are constantly told and therefore the interests of business must be favoured above those of real people in the real world.

But businesses don’t create wealth, people do. 

Businesses don’t do anything in the real world because they don’t exist in the real world. Businesses don’t make products or provide services, people do. Businesses don’t have brilliant creative ideas or invent new products, people do. Business don’t make decisions either, people do.

A business doesn’t make the decision to employ third world children at a few pence a day rather than pay a worker in the West a living wage, no, people make those decisions.

A business doesn’t make the decision to pump chemical waste into a river, people made those decisions.

Businesses don’t make the decision to invest in financial products backed by sub-prime mortgages in the USA, no, people make those decisions.

All day every day, real people make real decisions that change things in the real world. Businesses don’t do anything because they don’t exist in the real world.

So, instead of concentrating on facilitating the interests of abstract legal entities perhaps the powers-that-be should start thinking about the interests of real people in the real world…… or perhaps they already are, just not you and me, eh?

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