Are The Times Changing?

Seasonal Reflections

As we approach the Holidays and the end of 2010 it is often a time when we reflect on what was and what might be.

An email was sent to me today with a link to an interview by Riz Khan of Aljazeera. The person being interviewed was Slavoj Zizek, philosopher and cultural critic who’s book ‘Living in the End Times” claims that we are living in denial.

Offering up this interview on this blog is a departure from the everyday Vancouver Real Estate or – is it? The video presents a fascinating discussion on elements that touch issues currently seen in Vancouver Real Estate – one of which is often brought forward by others while conducting business as a Vancouver Realtor®.

What’s Being Said?

Although the video asks the question ‘Is Capitalism a Failure’ and subsequently addresses this topic on a global level, there is however, a point made that trickles to our level. As you watch and listen to the discussion consider your understanding of tolerance – 8:34mins.


Is your tolerance “decaffeinated”? What is the impact of the most evident group of Vancouver’s high priced home buyers who amongst others, are buying properties which many Vancouverites now consider beyond their financial grasp. Reflect on how the pursuit of land ownership as we understand it in Vancouver, may be creating and/or changing class structures within Vancouver’s communities as a by-product of that ownership. Are we living in “denial” of this impact? Are we tolerant of this change or, will we accept our view of tolerance as nothing more than not being “harassed?” On balance, we must also ask if they will feel the same way?

Ask yourself – if there is a real solution or, as Zizek states, is your view just a “notion”?

You may have a solution to offer in the comments below but please, as Zizek asks of us – “don’t personalize it.”

Cautionary note: Zizek holds himself as a Marxist. Regardless, be prepared for interesting points of view that will leave you to think about what was, what is and what may be.

As Bob Dylan said – The Times Are Changing.

Riz Khan and Slavo Zizek

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Reader Comments:

fish10 Says:
November 29th, 2010 at 9:36 pm

This form of capitalism is certainly broken.

Look what happened in the US. The housing bust and foreclosure was continuing unabated with no-body really caring about people being turfed out of their homes.

However, when it really started hitting the fan and high net worth individuals got worried- the US Government jumped in and raised deposit guarentees and extended them to money market funds up to $500,000, then they poured money into one Investment bank after another- even though these greedy institutions were the cause of the crisis- so they could start paying their bonuses again.

In fact Goldman Sachs paid it’s highest EVER bonuses to it’s traders the year after the crisis (2009) partly due to the money they got from the Government on their bets against AIG.

Sick. Clearly there are two philosophies out there- capitalism for the average guy and socialism for the well-connected.

fish10 Says:
November 29th, 2010 at 9:57 pm

Larry-Since you are on a philosophical bent here’s something else of interest

November 29th, 2010 at 10:14 pm

assuming Frankl’s premise is correct then should one assume that the players at Sach’s only aimed at being ‘normal’ men?

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