The Second Coming

Couldn’t Resist

“Mass customization, on-demand local manufacturing, and local sustainable power are trends that suggest that centralized hubs can, and hopefully will, disappear in the coming decades. It may be the second coming of the customer as king.”

John Wunderlich

Nailed. In a nutshell. If you will pardon the mixed metaphor.

I for one hope so – in fact – let me go further it may be the second coming of people assuming their rightful position in the world, pushing corporations that do not respect people back and deeply into the history books.1

John then went on to quote

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.2

W.B. Yeats, The Second Coming.

Reproduced here in full:

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: a waste of desert sand;
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Wind shadows of the indignant desert birds.

The darkness drops again but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)
THE SECOND COMING

Footnotes

  1. When you really look at it – they don’t – the abuse of power and focus on ‘increasing shareholder value’ (at any cost) has increasingly put corporations at odds with humanity. This alone is worthy of a separate post, which I need to work up to.
  2. (but in a good way)