Aspects of Commerce
General acquiescence, in the face of unbridled commercialism and the worship of commercial objectives have brought many evils upon the world. A recent issue arising out of naked commercialism was the Avian Influenza incident, in Bernard Matthews turkeys. Topics that would bear discussion are aired here (click on required topic).
Here are a few quotes, highlighting some of the issues:
“Commercialism is doing well that which should not be done at all.”
Gore Vidal – 1975
“Call a thing immoral or ugly, soul-destroying or a degradation of man, a peril to the peace of the world or the well-being of future generations: as long as you have not shown it to be ‘uneconomic’, you have not really questioned its right to exist, grow and prosper.”
Schumacher (1911 – 1977)
“So often, when financial reward is the main goal, common sense, safety, ethics and decency take flight.“
Chris D (April 2007)
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At the AVMC, we actively shun any connection or ‘arrangement' with commercial organisations, in order to maintain our ability to offer truly independent and unbiased advice, opinion and information. I was amazed to see that a veterinary practice, using a form of alternative medicine, has opted to have a video made by a pet insurance company as the main ‘selling point' on the web site. It is really only a commercial for the insurance company. Of course, it is a plush web site and very professionally designed and promoted!