January 30th, 2013
Let’s face it. Most of us hate stingy people. People who don’t want to be generous even when others have been generous to them. I know people like that in my dealings with Red Hen, people to whom I have been very generous, to whom I have been personally generous, but they are hoarding, they don’t believe in giving an inch.
And we are all aware that most corporations are tight fisted. Perhaps the worst corporations out there are companies like McDonalds and Wal Mart. Wal Mart is actually about as evil as can be. They pay women less than men, and they underpay all their employees and don’t allow unions.
But perhaps one of the worst corporations that we all have to deal with is Apple.
Let’s go through a few reasons why we should hate Apple:
1. They are charging us as much for Apple products as the market will bear.
2. When Steve Jobs died, he was worth 8 billion.
3. Steve Jobs never gave away anything to charity.
4. The history of philanthropy in the U.S. is as follows:
a. Andrew Carnegie gave away 350 million in his lifetime, 5 billion in today’s money
b. John D. Rockfeller gave away half a billion in his lifetime, 8 billion in today’s dollars
c. Bill Gates has given away 30 billion and he’s just getting warmed up.
d. Warren Buffett has promised to donate 90% of his wealth.
e. The Medicis built some of the most beautiful buildings in Italy. Philanthropy is what makes the world magnificent.
5. Rather than give away money, Steve Jobs did everything possible to avoid paying taxes.
6. Steve Jobs did not care about making the world a better place or about making our lives more interesting. He was a smart man but not a good man. He was inventive but not generous.
Many people end up buying Apple products; sadly, I own an iPhone and the press owns an iPad. Both of these products are kind of nice to have even if they were made by an evil guy.
Corporate greed is everywhere. Whole Foods is a greedy corporation as is Trader Joes and Sprouts. If you decide to not deal with greedy corporations, you can’t really buy groceries. You’d have to grow your vegetables.
But if you decide you have to doing anything silly beyond eating groceries, things like say using a cell phone, well then you might find yourself an Apple product owner like myself.
I could say something completely untrue like that it makes me sad to have dealings with the evil empire, but the truth is that like most people, I just don’t think about it any more.
Steve Jobs was a cold hearted son of a gun, but maybe the new Apple will be a shiny happy world. One can only hope. In the meantime, I only use my iPhone when I really have to and I try not to think about where it came from.