Culture Has a Longer Shelf Life Than Business.


Unlike the Mona Lisa, or ‘Good Day Sunshine’, companies are essentially just a collection of documents that pertain to each other and people following the instruction of those documents. A system in constant flux, much like human identities. Anything of this nature is surely going to change soon after its creator dies, but the work of an artist remains what it is long after the artist is gone.

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Why is it we remember the work of plato better than the work of ancient greece’s richest trader? Easy, culture produces artifacts. Plato’s ‘Meno’ persists because it is today what it was when he wrote it. The wealth of a certain person or organization does not persist, and it is constantly changing. Sure there can be artifacts that point to success in business, but they are not the business itself. Look at how the Sears tower was just recently renamed. 1000 years from now the building will be gone and no one will even know what Sears was.

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Its more than just the artifacts though. Culture produces more persisting ideas. Ok, you’re thinking Adam Smith or Henry Ford and the like- business having persisting ideas of its own. The problem is that business’s ideas remain for the most part within business. Seeing that corporate strategies are causing humanity some serious problems, it is entirely possible that we will one day abandon ‘business’ along with its theories: ‘free market’ and ‘mass production’. If 1000 years from now we operate the world completely differently, there would be no more reason to remember Henry Ford than there was to remember the person who first dreamt up building plazas.

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If you want to leave something behind, it seems as though your cultural creations may have a better chance of surviving than your business exploits. So should we all put down our portfolios and pick up our paintbrushes? Well, most of us are pretty honest about the fact that even if we did sit at home all day and work on our novels, chances are, we’ll still be forgotten 1000 years from now. Whereas if we leave our heirs a thriving business, we can be assured that our biological creations will have a good chance at survival. My plan? I sell bronzed clones of myself over the internet. That way i’m leaving behind biology, business and cultural artifacts. . . . . . . . ..I’m a bit worried bronzing children may be unethical.

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17 Responses to “Culture Has a Longer Shelf Life Than Business.”

  1. Janis Wetmore Says:

    I love this bolg! I read it on the drive to work every morning. Dug and Mad Steve are a great way to start my mornings with a smile. Thanks BOLG97.

  2. ponch58 Says:

    So the “Sears” Tower could be considered art, then right? Therefore it constantly being renamed after businesses could cost it it’s notability in the future. If it just receives name after name of failed businesses eventually everyone would just call it “The Tower” Eventually, it would fall down and everyone would forget about it.

    Do you think it would escape this terrible fate if it was called Dave?

  3. remistevens Says:

    only if Dave avoided cholesterol and teflon.

    I suppose art that could act to preserve itself would be incredibly long lasting, better get to work on that cyborg.

    on the other hand, a business that could do nothing would be even shorter lived.

  4. remistevens Says:

    good new image and name Marcus T. very hard hitting.

    You look like the dude who exposed the Walmart JVC knockoff TV scandal.

  5. exuvia Says:

    Nice, very nice.

    A jazzy track with a massage beat to it; I felt inclined to allow myself to be robbed by the thieves and your person of a few minutes of my life. A grounding and sensual experience.

  6. exuvia Says:

    The longest surviving artsy fact you can ever leave behind of your temporal ‘self’ is the piece of DNA that’s curled up under your nails from scratching your scalp. The evidence based science of Remi Stevens should proceed to secure a sample and put it under seven seals so that we as a culture wont have to have that stupid discussion after a couple of millenniums about whether he really existed or if he was just and remains another religious fantasy icon.

    On the other hand, ascension, body and all leaves so much for a culture to imagine that times just flies.

    Could it be that nothing survives better than something?

    I know this though, a bronze cast will last longer than a Pod cast.

  7. remistevens Says:

    very well put,
    nothing does survive longer than something.
    Although ultimately, unless you believe one day the entire universe will collapse out of existence. something must surely outlast the coming of total nothingness.

    DNA, well its unique certainly, but i don’t consider it personal. I didn’t create it, Really, i didn’t have a damn thing to do with my own DNA. It may outlast the bolg, but its no more me than the image taken by a mall security cam. Cause, you know, i obviously go to the mall a lot.

    Don’t worry, Remi is working on the long game to provide the type of longevity and proof of existence needed for fantasy religious icons.

    I’ve dropped vague portions of my novel into the depths of a sea in southern Europe and Black Rogers has put the puffy jacket he was shot in into a crate for later inspection.

    coming soon, the Remi pod cast- guaranteed to stay fresh until you get it home.

  8. exuvia Says:

    I have instantly gone to work on a new manuscript: The Black Code. Its about a secret society referred to as the guardians of the grail. I wont make it hard on my readers: The grail refers to a sea in southern Europe which hides a secret; a much wanted document which proves the existence of the enigmatic RS and the map to find the sooty shroud of Rogers killed in an conflict between two rather profane opposing points of view.

    Pre order your copy; this is going to be a best seller…

  9. ponch58 Says:

    Nothing is something.

  10. remistevens Says:

    could mean that either no thing is ever something, or that “nothing” itself has an identity and is therefore something.

  11. exuvia Says:

    Ups! ‘Nothing’ is one of the main interests of Philosophy. Blind faith and marketing are lame pretenders to the category. They fall way short.

  12. remistevens Says:

    Nothings always been a tough one for artists too, but they’ve come up with some interesting ways to overcome it.

    When you consider that the piece is entirely created by the artist, at some point to represent nothingness in the subject they have to create something. Can be as simple as a vantage point that has a darkened unseen area contained within. It happens in real life.

    get out the black paint?

  13. ponch58 Says:

    Sometimes nothing makes something else even more than it was before the other something became nothing. For instance, you see and hear a dog barking in the day in the neighbours yard. It’s annoying but you shrug it off. The sun goes down, you can’t see the dog barking and your hearing is elevated. The dog gets that much more annoying.

    Is darkness nothing? It has a name it can’t be. But then so does nothing. But if you can’t see anything then there’s nothing there, right?

  14. remistevens Says:

    darkness makes things harder to see, but their still there. they may be beyond the human sense of sight, but our other senses can still pick up objects in the dark. Are senses what we should be using to determine nothingness anyways? A bat is going to sense things beyond our capacity, it doesn’t mean that what the bat senses is completely gone from existence. This all makes nothing very subjective. “From my perspective its nothing, so it must be nothing”

    This all becomes very problematic when humans try to peer into the realm of the gods. None of us are actually seeing anything- as far as I can tell. Yet somehow most of the world’s population is able to posit a something from what is nothing to our senses. Why is the theist able to say “from my perspective its nothing, but i know that its something”. . . . .Its a declaration of ‘something’ that cannot be denied because it is entirely subjective.

  15. exuvia Says:

    “if you can’t see anything then there’s nothing there, right?”

    This is the common anthropocentric perspective in its broad or narrow version; with or without amplification, and also the basis of human science with a profound emphasis on human.

    The extensive electromagnetic spectrum weaving up phenomenon is vastly larger than our perception – even if we equip ourselves with sophisticated technology – and the religious philosophers of yorn came up with the proposition that as humans we are essentially living in darkness; in a crevice of the material rock, and therefore mistaken. Cf. “Errare humanum est”. We look at the bat hung upside down in its dark cave and get a sense that it is living in a world of its own; almost like a blind man and we shudder at its limitations. Should however a larger awareness than ours exist it would shudder at our limitations and fear to thread where they rule.

    Maybe we who are part cannot really be the judges of what is True. Subjectivity is the very thing which makes a verdict partial; partial to perspective and thus null and void before the court.

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