Hello fellow metal bashers,
It’s been a while since I’ve written, but I saw an item in today’s
paper that made me laugh. It fits right in with some of the
admittedly offensive streams of consciousness that meander through
my lively mind. Gotta do something to keep entertained while my hands
A Chinese jewelry tycoon, Lam Sai-wing, recently died. The photo
accompanying the article showed him seated in surroundings of
stunningly rococo oriental excessiveness. Well, I said to myself, to
each his own in matters of taste. Lam’s most outstanding claim to
fame - he built the world’s most expensive bathroom. The centrepiece
- a solid gold toilet worthfive million dollars. On this subject Lam
explained that he was inspired by the words of his boyhood hero,
Russian revolutionary, Vladimir Lenin.
Surprised? I was. Lenin is an unlikely source of inspiration, I
thought, for a jewelry tycoon.
What had Lenin said?
“After the revolution and the victory of socialism, gold should be
used to make toilets - to remind people of capitalist waste.”
Let’s think about this.
Given the current meltdown (appropriate word) in the very heart of
capitalism, the hemorrhaging of astronomical sums of imaginary and
illusory dollars down the tubes, the disappearance of various forms
of “value” (hah!) upon which millions of people centred their hopes
and dreams, I though Lenin’s thoughts might resonate.
There can come a time in anyone’s life when even a golden toilet
would willingly be traded for a good loaf of bread. eh?
No offense at all is intended to all you goldsmiths out there - your
personal value is in your creativity and skills, not in the bits of
metal you work. At least, I hope you see things that way.