Sunday, May 9, 2010

Do The Industrialists Know About Mauritius?

It's conceivable that there are places on Earth that are so obscure that even the industrial powers haven't heard of them, or if they have heard of them, maybe they're too far from the mainstream to tempt them to establish themselves there.

I know it's that way with small towns that are far from an interstate highway. The industrialists don't especially want to go there and put in a big factory or plant. Even though they may have a railroad, they're still thinking of all the stuff they're going to need to transport by truck. And they want more "bang for their buck," which you can only get with a decent interstate highway. On the smaller county highways, or on gravel roads, or even minimum maintenance dirt roads, they can't get up to speed, and "time is money," to coin a phrase.

The same thing probably goes for entire countries. The United States of course is one of the "major players" in the world. And there's a few other countries like that, behemoths when it comes to being a country, which the industrialists immediately notice and latch on to. Then there are the countries you literally have to look up to find out even where they are. That's what I was talking about yesterday when I referred to Mauritius.

I had a man visit the Grandma Slump blog who was from Mauritius. And I'll probably get lots more now, because I imagine people there are constantly Googling the name of their country to see who may have mentioned them. That and dodo birds, which were from there but became extinct 400 years ago. Still, that doesn't keep them from having Dodo Days, with a big parade and a grand marshal.

Anyway, this man visited my site. And I've been giving this a lot of thought since yesterday, wondering why. Could he be an industrialist looking for obscure countries to exploit, that heretofore have been left alone? Could it be a turncoat Mauritian who's looking to sell his country out for 30 pieces of silver by bringing big industry in? Could it be -- and I hope it is -- a local man from that land who's educating himself about the dangers of industrialism and looking for ways to keep his country safe?

Anyway, friend or foe, let me address him: We in the United States and the other major players have been overrun by industry. Industrial sections have taken over large parcels of land in our cities and towns. They act like they own the place, and that the rest of us are peons on their plantation. They're no reasoning with them, because their power is so great it's their way to simply roll over the rest of us.

You will do well to steer yourselves far away from this fate.

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