I had a friend that was a translator in the Philippines to Anil, another interviewee who was dying of cancer in Tokyo. He went through everything that they had to offer, but after Anil’s death the family became overwhelmed with their grief. He only had enough money to eat and drink. Their daughter would have to sell her domain name and eventually she sold a painting, went into debt in the process and now spends her own income on welfare. But their daughter only had $200.00 in a bank account. She was beautiful but she had spent so much time coping with this kind of tragedy.
Worse, the family as a whole has the scars of a catastrophe. After this disaster there will be lots of survivors of this time, but sadly all survivors suffer with some things that they never knew they had. How you could end up in debt and [not be able to] feed your kids, how you can’t pay for something you might want to buy.
I couldn’t help but smile to see the families following this exact same path. But who gets the cash? There are no banks for these people, these families can’t even look for something and the banks ask all of these questions for payments as if they are shady people forgeries. What has happened to the U.S. economy, to your ability to purchase things now that the inevitable is coming? But this is the economic system and we’re better than that. After working and having a life to live in this country, it’s amazing that every family has the ability to make use of their wealth if it is put in the right place. It goes a long way to explaining a lot of why people have been given the opportunity and motive to live so richly and why we have such a rich culture in the U.S.
This helps me to explain the dark underbelly of capitalist globalization. It’s about ownership and a degree of control over others, but we don’t know how other people are managing this besides we have the example set by the U.S.