Money, its owners not morally respected on Maui

Maui is a place of desire. It is a place of minimal ambition and sparse or forgotten culture. It is a place where energy is directed toward moneymaking, sports and holiday activities. A place where conversations include the names of chefs, wines and restaurants. And, depending on the ages, conversations revolve around health conditions, prescriptions, illicit drugs and sex.

It is a resting place for people with lots of unearned income or large inheritances. New aggregations of money come from the acquisition, possession or trading of paper assets. People who make things, hire lots of people or invent products are not well represented here. In response to this obvious fact, the money here is not morally, intellectually or commercially respected. Neither are the owners.

Whenever money, backed by nothing but a promise, is concentrated in a small number of accounts; whenever an economy is financialized and money is thought to be wealth; and whenever the wielders of power are oblivious to, or unwilling to change, the great imbalance; decline and decay are well on their way.

Raphael O’Suna