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Genug Geld haben

Haben Sie schon einmal einen Drogensüchtigen gesehen, dem der Stoff ausgegangen ist? Er bewegt Himmel und Hölle, er würde 20 Meilen zu Fuß gehen oder einer Großmutter ihr Gespartes abnehmen, um schnellst möglich an den nächsten Schuss zu kommen. Die Wall Street funktioniert genauso. Die Monate vor der Auszahlung der Boni haben viel gemein mit der Nachbarschaft im Film ‘The Wire’, als den Leuten das Heroin ausgegangen ist und sie einen neuen Schuss brauchen.

Wer das sagt, ist kein verwirrter Soziologe und schon gar kein böser Kommunist, sondern jemand, der es als Hedge-Fonds-Trader zu einem ansehnlichen Vermögen “brachte”. Was natürlich seinen Preis hatte: Zunächst hielt er sich mit Alkohol unter Strom, dann stieg er auf andere “leistungsfördernde Substanzen” um. Als auch das nicht mehr zu Genüge knallte, half nur noch der ultimative Fix:

Die Kohle an sich.

Bis er die Schnauze voll hatte und nüchtern wurde:

The first year was really hard. I went through what I can only describe as withdrawal — waking up at nights panicked about running out of money, scouring the headlines to see which of my old co-workers had gotten promoted.

“Der hat gut reden”, höre ich jetzt einige von Euch murmeln. “Geld hat er wohl trotzdem noch genug”. Keine Frage, aber wenn es nur darum ginge, hätte ich mir dieses Post auch sparen können.

Genug Geld zu haben ist halt etwas anderes als immer mehr davon haben zu wollen, vor allem dann, wenn man schon genug davon hat.

Steeped In Violence

We are steeped in violence.

This past week was of course a searing reminder: Monday’s bombing at the Boston Marathon and the ensuing manhunt that ended on Friday with the death of one suspect and the capture of another, his brother, dominated the news. But there were other troubling, if less traumatic reminders, too. On Tuesday, a 577-page report by the Constitution Project concluded that the United States had engaged in torture after the Sept. 11 attacks. On Wednesday, a turning point in the heated national debate on gun control was reached when the United States Senate dropped consideration of some minimal restrictions on the sale and distribution of guns. Looming above all this is the painful memory of the mass killing at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Now is as good a time as any to reflect on our responses to the many recent horrors that seem to have engulfed us, and to consider whether we can hope to move from an ethos of violence to one nonviolence. Facing ourselves squarely at this difficult moment might provide a better lesson for the future than allowing ourselves to once again give in to blind fury.

We might begin by asking the question, Who are we now?

Clearly, we are a violent country. Our murder rate is three to five timest hat of most other industrialized countries. The massacres that regularly take place here are predictable in their occurrence, if not in their time and place. Moreover, and more telling, our response to violence is typically more violence. We display our might — or what is left of it — abroad in order to address perceived injustices or a threat to our interests. We still have not rid ourselves of the death penalty, a fact that fills those in other countries with disbelief. Many of us, in response to the mindless gun violence around us, prescribe more guns as the solution, as the Republicans sought to do during the gun debate. And we torture people. It is as though, in thinking that the world responds only to violence, we reveal ourselves rather than the world.

Why is this? How has the United States become so saturated in slaughter?

There are, of course, many reasons, but three stand out …
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By Todd May, The New York Times Opinionator