There is lots of talk lately about how Apple might gain yet more dominance by using it’s “war chest” to acquire various companies and technologies. Here is a slightly more humane suggestion considering the estimated 7 trillion dollars of cash being hoarded worldwide. We’ll put it into perspective by comparing our current world scenario to a school cafeteria that needs to feed 700 kids. There are five hundred kids outside, fifty working inside the kitchen, fifty working as servers, and a hundred kids inside eating at the tables. There are three tables in the middle of the cafeteria with the shot callers, the popular kids.
These popular kids control who gets food in this cafeteria. You see they have a great support system of other kids in the surrounding tables that help them to maintain legitimacy and control. These other tables hold an assortment of really clever, smart, and strong kids. Some write a daily newsletter, some distribute and teach it, while the big bully kids make sure everyone stays in line. Kids are beat and die at the bully’s hands daily.
Everyone is made to read the stories in the newsletter everyday. The newest younger kids have to spend all day learning the order of things, and how the cafeteria runs to provide food for everyone. As they get older and prove they can participate perfectly, they may graduate into a position inside the cafeteria. Some actually make it into the dining room to eat. This is rare, but when it does happen, it is met with great fanfare. The newsletter reports these stories as possible for any of the kids. The popular kids and their friends are highly respected and celebrated.
The kids who have finally made it into the cafeteria to eat, do not dare upsetting the popular kids, for fear of being kicked out. Meanwhile, most of the kids outside are working to provide food and care for the cafeteria. They are in the sun everyday working very hard, but give all the produce to the cafeteria. These kids outside are given just enough food to stay alive – mostly. There are many kids that die of starvation every day. The kids outside are in such distress from the situation, that there is constant fighting and there is much brutality going on. Kids are disfigured and maimed every day under these harsh circumstances.
The kids inside the cafeteria look outside at this terrible situation outside and feel good that they are not like that. Some feel bad and write about it in little notes to pass around. Mostly the notes end up on the floor and get swept away, but some are stories made into plays or included in the Newsletter. The stories always have the same premise – that kids are complicated creatures and this is just how they are. They have been much worst in the past, but are getting better. There are always a couple of tables near the kitchen with kids that wear pink ties. They are in a perpetual planning stage working towards making things better, and consistently blame each other for the lack of improvement for the kids dying outside. The pink tie kids are always playing musical chairs, and are replaced every couple of weeks.
The smart clever kids lucky enough to be inside, are designing ways to improve upon the cafeteria, while others build cool electronic toys and new games. Others are singing and planning theatrical productions for the stage at the end of the cafeteria. Most are just taking selfies with their smart phones. The smartest and most influential kids are near the center tables. They actively plan on ways to get more production of food from the kids outside, and ways to give less to the kids working the cafeteria. They have been so successful that the kids at the center table have backpacks full of food and snacks all the time. So much so, that they daily throw away most of it because it rots. Hundreds of pounds are dried and preserved in barrels. Nearly all the barrels belong to the popular kids at the center tables.
This system has been working great, but the current school will be barren soon since no effort has been made to preserve the garden soil, and the water supply is now very polluted. The kids in control are working hard at designing a balloon so they can float off to another school to start over in the near future. There will only be enough room in the balloon for the center tables though.
There comes a time when the unrest and fighting outside are mounting faster than the mountain of food barrels in storage. A great many barrels are owned by the most popular boy who wears an apple printed on his t-shirt. He decides to end the nonsense. He rolls his barrells outside to share, and thus saves all the children from chaos, starvation and ruin. The other kids witness this act of compassion and feel the affects. They are moved to follow suit since the good that follows is undeniable.