Sunbeam Massacre: The Return of Chainsaw Al

If Renan’s definition of nationhood i.e. “having done great things together and wishing to do more” does hold some basis in fact, then I suppose it also mirrors Miles’ view that “collaborative entrepreneurship is a business model for continuous innovation.” And with that said, need I add a reminder of our past glory, or allude to the enormous potential for continued success the despite previous predicament?

I’m not sure it’d be of much help.

It all depends. Are you ready to pardon the misconduct and lay to rest the fact that I used the bill-and-hold basis to inflate revenues during those down quarters?

Forgiveness is one thing but to look past the deed or try to pretend it never happened would be foolish. I’m sure you agree it’s a bit much to ask…

Admittedly I was wrong for taking those desperate measures; but put yourself in my position. Wouldn’t it seem rather unfair to you if someone you had an otherwise rewarding relationship with – tainted by a temporary expedient – totally disregarded the many miles you walked the right path all because of a few steps taken in the wrong direction?

I can see how you could’ve lost sight of the bigger picture under all that investor and stakeholder pressure. But you can’t say you didn’t know any better than to go down that route.

That’s all in the past now. And don’t take my word for it. Let me prove it to you and to self for that matter. All you need to do is just give me this one last chance to show you the sun never loses its shine. Rest assured it will beam bright again!

Maybe you’re right. I just might…

 

Heath Muchena, 2017

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more than anything in the world
I want money
gold, currency, salt
more than Mansa Musa of Mali

don’t you see? the demand for money
can only be limited by your means as the purchaser
and there’ll always be present a desire in the consumer
for as much money as can be got
contrary to the demand for other things which is always limited

and yet, consumption remains the great end and goal of all human effort, no?

consumption yes
but the creation of capital too
you see, profits don’t always rise with progress
in fact, they often don’t
and if you apply thought to reality you’d discover
that land property which we peg at a level
in order to measure wealth
is originally a gift of nature
belonging to no one man
but capital however, is the product of human effort

ah, and a great possession indeed!

 

Heath Muchena, 2017


Purpose vs Principle

I’m not in it for the loot…

say what you may, but make no excuse, money is a form of wealth, which at once can be converted to any use

but I’m really in this to find truth
and of course harvest the fruits that my labours produce

trust, that may be so
still, in truth there’s always an exchange nonetheless

… exchange for what, my creativity?

you see, exchangeable value is created from energy exerted into an effort
when utility is given to matter
so that it becomes wealth

but I’m not in it for the love of the loot

then I’m afraid you mistook purpose for principle

 

Heath Muchena, 2017


11 Lobby Lane

I’m done with the dramatic pleas
I’ve tried to make them understand as best I could
but clearly it’s not going to be easy reaching a compromise

I’m glad that is something you’ve come to realise…
that speeches and referendums won’t suffice

besides, as Lord Salisbury once said: ‘we rate too highly the effect of the bonds constituted by signatures upon a piece of paper’
you see, it’s going to take more than what the law allows to get this done
we need more public convincing and a bit of deceiving for us to achieve our desired outcomes

well, if that’s the case then this is where you come in… I’m at my wits’ end with all of it!

know what your problem is?
you’re quick to forget the old saying… and expect all gain
but it doesn’t work that way, you can’t avoid the pain
and you still have to make it interesting
make the offer and conditions seem attractive
give it royal air and the lot… you know,
like erm… what did they call her?
oh yeah, Sophia Duleep Singh!
you must have heard of her… the suffrage princess?

never

well, that’s fine. long story short, she stood for something

what’s that?

justice I guess, I dunno…

isn’t justice truth applied to the things of life?

that’s not the point

then what is? because the way I see it – there is no justice in this
in fact, it goes against the interests of most
but it’s the only way to mitigate this crisis

well, the point is… was – actually it doesn’t really matter what it is or what it was… whether it’s justice, ethics, peace or in this case – a matter of public finances…
all they need to sense and feel is that you care

and how am I supposed to do that?

firstly, you need to distinguish between sense and feeling before you harmonise them
and it’s not just you… more than a few… confuse the two
even though both are still physiological…

I’m lost. where is this going? what’s the difference? can we get to the heart of the matter?

that’s what I’m getting at and I think it’s a very important point to stress
you see, senses perceive the different qualities of stimuli while feelings only quantify but what you need is to find a balance and you can effect almost any change with minimal resistance

oh yeah? I welcome that news because things seem to be going pear-shaped at the moment

that may be true for now but remember – what you want you must give
and if you want peace or freedom or anything for that matter, give the same

what are you on about? you’re hired to help me find a strategy to convince the public that it’s timely and right to sell off our national assets because they’re not serving or saving our economy. it’s in shambles and trust me, the people will hear no more of austerity, they demand a debt restructuring and recapitalization and I’m sitting with a huge budget deficit… black gold has plummeted and it’s just getting worse, soon they’ll again be taking to the streets! I need this fixed

I agree

we need to implement something drastic to have any investors be interested and the only option I see left is to sell off our national bank debt even if it’s going to be extremely discounted because it makes no difference whether we sell it to traditional partners or hedge funds, the price still has to be very low. my worry and focus is now beyond securing numbers at the polls for my next term because from what I hear the gasoline gods want off with my head and if I don’t appease them and the rest… I may not even be alive to run then

slow down. stay calm. let’s talk

there’s no time to keep confabulating… we need a plan of action
I’ve done enough talking! you’re supposed to help me bring this agenda to fruition but here you are talking about Duleep Singh… what you want you must give… this, that and the other… on top of that you’re now asking me to be calm and talk… haven’t you been listening? and you wonder why I’m panicking?

you brought me in for a reason
you know my reputation
your limiting beliefs haven’t offered you any relief thus far
and as far as I can see it seems you’re about to sink
you’ve been paddling along too long in a skiff instead of sailing swift
but if you let me help you – my way – I might just be able to fix the rift you claim currently exists betwixt…

how can I measure your value when you haven’t suggested even a single solution as yet

two things to remember:
measuring value is literally and exclusively a mental process and value in use is strictly personal but value in exchange is distinctively social
so relax and let me do my job, I’ve got this!

I want to believe it and I sure hope that is true

truth doesn’t exist outside of self
I know I have what it takes to solve this, truly!

in that case then let’s do it your way, ask all you need to know
I promise to be obsequious and please pardon my meltdown, I didn’t mean to undervalue your expertise

well, you know they say that ‘prejudices are a standard by which the least intelligent claim to estimate the capacities of others’
but that aside, I think we should immediately start working out the multifarious details crucial to our success

yes, please – let’s…
 

© Heath Muchena, 2016


Bargain’s Den

Characters:
Boss Bargain – 60s, wealthy patron
Gondo the Great – 20s, artist

Setting:
Bargain’s bids office

B: all  I need to know is when…

G: when?

B: yes. when will you have it?

G: finished?

B: ahem…

G: in Jan…

B: well, that’s it then… you’ll get your cheque in the mail.
look kid, you’ve got something here, and i’m sold on it. not too keen on some of the clauses
you put in the contract but I’ve signed it. here. see. that’s faith. do you have faith kid?
look, it doesn’t matter – if you can deliver on these blueprints I know I can make my money back, and more. you too, seeing as you’ve made sure of it.

© Heath Muchena, 2015


Tyres

TYRES.HM


Uphill, the Grange

‘what do you see in that nigger? huh, tell me!’ he demanded

‘are you really gon go there dad?’ she retorted

‘no, no, no… this is on you, it didn’t have to be like this, but here we are… all cos you’ve gone and done this… disgracing the family. I don’t understand it, I don’t like it and it has to stop!’

‘I’m not going to stop dad, sorry’

‘give me one good reason why of all the men in the world you’ve decided to go and get yourself mixed up with that kind’

‘black men are pearls in beauteous ladies’ eyes’ she said provocatively

‘and what’s that s’pose to mean?’

‘just that, I don’t know, Proteus, Shakespeare, you want a reason, that’s a reason… like I said dad, I donno… it just happened, we met, we connected, it’s too late to reset now, I love him’

‘love what? that? you kiddin’ me?’ he said angrily

‘I don’t expect you to get it, but yes, I love him, every inch of his black… hair to heel’ she replied defensively

shaking his head with sheer distress ‘well, if that’s how you really feel…’

‘that and more dad, a hell of a lot more… and it’s real!’

‘I don’t mean to upset you kid, but I can’t accept this… you know how it goes…  it’s sort-o-like family policy… you understand, right?’ he said, trying a different approach

‘who knows policy and her true aspect shall find her ways winding and indirect’ she calmly responded, sniggering

‘huh’

‘John Webster dad, you know… The White Devil’

‘no, I don’t honey, but what I do know is I’ve been in many a battle but this here, this right here is Uphill’

 

© Heath Muchena, 2015