DISCOUNTED BLESSINGS

 

Ingratitude

Will send you to hell

As Dante said it would

 

But the list of lavish gifts

We should be grateful for

Is much longer than you think.

The tycoons you despise

Saved billions of our cash

And deserve to be glorified

Are you grateful for the discount shops

Hypermarkets and the wondrous arcades

Progress from small peddlers to shopping malls

Bringing you the harvest of every clime?

Taking all of you from dirty streets

Pioneering merchants who smashed rude booths

Window shopping and the escalators

Online buying and the neon shows?

 

Don’t count on salvation on the day of judgement

Cocytus is waiting for the likes of you

II’ll give you a listing of names to say in prayer

If you want to

Save your person

From inferno’s frozen circle

From the icy chill of torment

From the rueful stream of wailing

 

Josiah Wedgewood, Friedrich Raiffeisen, Harry Selfridge, Mrs Snowball,

Jeff Bezos, Potter Palmer, Sam Walton, Victor Gruen

 

Logisticians rarely come to mind

When your esteem is looking for a target

You don’t thank them and yet they smash

Most of existential bottlenecks.

They keep charting our flows of life

And they order your itineraries

They help you run complex operations

And specify the critical path.

Don't count on...

 

Antoine Jomini, Duke of Wellington, Henry Gantt, Adamiecki,

Morgan Walker, James E. Kelly, Allen Hamilton, Robert Cooper

Your lamentations

Will echo

Down the chambers of the underworld

For your ingratitude

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐝𝐨𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐭𝐢𝐭𝐥𝐞 𝘿𝙞𝙨𝙘𝙤𝙪𝙣𝙩𝙚𝙙 𝘽𝙡𝙚𝙨𝙨𝙞𝙣𝙜𝙨 𝐦𝐞𝐚𝐧?

A: Blessings underestimated or bought at a discount (in the context of this song at Walmart).

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐝𝐨𝐞𝐬 𝐮𝐧𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐟𝐮𝐥𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐝𝐨 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐏𝐢𝐧𝐤𝐞𝐫?

A: Pinker writes that people used to go out on the streets to say thank you to the inventor of the polio vaccine, for example, but since then gratitude has faded away, which, according to Dante, could mean that we will end up in hell.

𝐐: 𝐓𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐰𝐡𝐲 𝐝𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐥𝐲𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐬 𝐚𝐬𝐤 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐨 𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐥 𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐨𝐫 𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐭𝐮𝐝𝐞 𝐭𝐨𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐝𝐬 𝐫𝐞𝐭𝐚𝐢𝐥𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐥𝐨𝐠𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐧𝐬?

A: Retail innovators and especially logisticians are largely unsung, although it is to them that we owe a great deal of our gratitude for the fact that we live in a near-paradise of comfort, unprecedented and unimaginable for most people from all times.

 

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐡𝐞𝐥𝐥 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐌𝐫𝐬 𝐒𝐧𝐨𝐰𝐛𝐚𝐥𝐥?

A: She was the person who made the first ever online purchase.

 

𝐐: 𝐀𝐧𝐝 𝐀𝐝𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐞𝐜𝐤𝐢?

A: Karol Adamiecki was a Pole who did a lot for the development of logistics. I think that should motivate you to check it online.

 

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐨𝐬𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐥𝐲 𝐭𝐨𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐝 𝐦𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐡 𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐮𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐫𝐢𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐥𝐚𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐝𝐚𝐦𝐧𝐞𝐝 𝐬𝐨𝐮𝐥, 𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐦𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐩𝐨𝐢𝐠𝐧𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐦𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐡𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐦𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐜?

A: This is classified information and has to stay in the family.

 

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐦𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐥 𝐢𝐧𝐬𝐩𝐢𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬?

A: First of all, Verdi’s 𝑹𝒆𝒒𝒖𝒊𝒆𝒎, as well as the intro to 𝑨𝒏𝒅 𝑱𝒖𝒔𝒕𝒊𝒄𝒆 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝑨𝒍𝒍 by Metallica and a theme from Brückner.

 

𝐐: 𝐃𝐨𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐦𝐞𝐚𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐥𝐲 𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐚𝐥 𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐩𝐞𝐨𝐩𝐥𝐞’𝐬 𝐦𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐜?

A: Prokofiev said that second-rate composers borrow and outstanding ones steal. Tomasz considers himself a second-rate composer at best, so he borrows (after all, he just confessed). But the source is often difficult or impossible to recognise.

𝐐: 𝐃𝐨 𝐰𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐩𝐫𝐚𝐲 𝐭𝐨 𝐒𝐚𝐦 𝐖𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐨𝐧 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐉𝐞𝐟𝐟 𝐁𝐞𝐳𝐨𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐚𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐞𝐯𝐞 𝐬𝐚𝐥𝐯𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧?

A: We would be more willing to pray to Bill Gates and many other benefactors of mankind, but we think that even the merits of people who are not necessarily the heroes in our books should be appreciated (we draw the line at Elon Musk).