Sharyn Mayer…..my two cents
Turning Cynical?…..Last March, I had the chance to engage in conversation with a gentleman, retired from the auto industry. It wasn’t long before our conversation turned to the then, troubled carmaker, Toyota.
Partly because of his age, his experience in the arena and his cynicism, he insists that Toyota knew all along about the problems with their vehicles and that they took a calculated risk, not realizing how it would backfire.
He explained that the car manufacturers have actuaries that project how many problems there might be and how expensive those problems will total. Factoring in the occasional lawsuit and how much they would have to payout, not to mention the publicity it would create, he believes that Toyota decided to forge ahead, knowing full well about the acceleration problems and was basically toying with our lives.
“And think about it, he says, it is not just the car industry ‘” greed, bottom line, highest of all profits, that’s all companies care about these days.” He cited the pharmaceutical industry as another example ‘” “the drug companies know that various drugs they put out might help one symptom, but could create another life threatening problem ‘” but they take their chances.”
It really gave me a lot to think about ‘” we go about our lives on a daily basis, thinking so much of what we do and what we use is good for us, or has been protected for us or is safe for us, when in fact, we’re just a participant in the “odds” game of life.
What are the odds that our car will not stop? What are the chances the arthritis medication will cause a heart attack? What are the odds a child will be injured in a crib accident? …….and on and on and on.
My question is when will this country place a greater price on human value than how much each company can make on each sale ‘” what are the odds that greed will diminish and we will be able to trust what is put before us?
What ARE the odds???