Wal-Mart vs. Pyramids
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Wal-Mart versus Pyramids: An Article Summary and Critique
The concept and culture of industrialization has always been one of the reasons specifically attacking the cultural richness of particular nations. The desire to embrace economic advancement has hurt the cultural background of many countries already and has somewhat created a more defined distinction on how people in such countries have already started viewing their heritage. The article on Wal-Mart versus Pyramids provides a distinct example on how such desire for full expansion among businesses that would definitely create economic advancement for the nation actually creates a problem on how culture is viewed and how it is respected through time.
Summary of Article
Wal-Mart is a well-known store chain not only in the United States but distinct areas around the globe. Is it has been mentioned in the article, Mexico is one country where the business has grown more rapidly during the past few years (Carlson). Such point of expansion has been caused by the support of the government and the local administrations in putting up Wal-Mart branches in their area especially that it promises a distinct source of income and working opportunities for the people. The rising population in Mexico needs all the job opportunities they can get in order to support their own welfare and become more competent in supporting social growth and development. Moreover, such capacity of each individual to become productive does fuel the economic standing of the nation as a whole. This benefit has engaged many local agencies in the country into overlooking the effects of the advancement into the culture of the nation and its people.
Because of being a natural heritage and a cradle of culture and tradition [especially when it comes to shaping the world’s history] the Mexican grounds has been under the protection of cultural agencies for years now. Noticeably, this has changed so much on how building codes in the country are implemented as part of the strict rule on how Mexican lands are to be protected especially when relics are found in areas where buildings are being constructed in. Wal-Mart, being a profiting entity, follows a specific timetable, especially when meeting up with constructions deadlines. The code or rule on halting the construction of particular establishments or structures where relics are discovered basically cuts the business off from such target dates. This is the reason why the company’s administrators have decided not to report any possible discovery within the grounds where Wal-Mart branches are being built. The administration did not expect that the people they pay to construct the said establishments are going to relay the situation to the authorities.
Surprisingly though, although these matters have already been reported, there are only a few actions taken into account against the administrators of the organization. Why is this so? The issue in itself is already a questionable situation that puts the integrity of the government especially when it comes to supporting big companies amidst the possible degrading operations they are imposing against the culture of the nation (Landes, 1999). How strong is the government in holding tight its capacity to provide for what its people need while balancing out the way it gives importance to the real value of the land where the nation establishes its source of economic empires?
The business background of Carlsen is one that makes her article about Wal-Mart and its connection with the Mexican culture powerful enough especially when it comes to making a distinct sense on how balancing of values is an important consideration to give attention to. Practically, the article itself provides a strong background of understanding for readers in order to shape their opinion with regards the issue connected to the matters that are related to their thoughts with regards the value of business in parallel with their culture. Within the context of the article, the use of proper words and proper thoughts it could be realized that the capacity of the readers to connect to the message the author wants to convey especially in consideration with the business.
The question further extends towards how important really history is compared to the value of progress that businesses offer the society with. Imagine the people being employed in such establishments and how organizations such as Wal-Mart bringing in more possibilities of both social and individual progress; would this not b more important than any other reasons such as historical integrity? The possible defense of Wal-Mart against such accusation is strong enough to portray the value of what they are doing and why they have chosen to keep the situation in their hands, therefore keeping information about discovered relics and artifacts.
Should the rule over historical digging be changed or adjusted at some point? The valuation of the work being done for the present against that of the value being placed for the protection of the past contradicts each other so much that people involved in the situation are often faced with distinctively difficult decisions that questions their capacity to give value to both reasons of work proceedings in proper balance of considerations (Landes, 1999). True, history is important, but the rising problem over employment issues in the country is at a much-pressing condition of stress for the government and the people at present. This is where proper decision making and weighing of matters come into full play.
Commentary and Conclusion
In relation to the article read for this critique, the government needs to accomplish its duties fully to the people and their culture. Perhaps meeting the issue in the middle and giving value to both reasons involved could help reduce the tension between parties involved. Practical options of adjustments could be reconsidered. Perhaps lessening the digging time especially for establishments that are sure to give working opportunities to the people could be given attention to. This would allow administrators of such companies to be more open to the halting procedure of the construction they hope to complete. Practically, it could be realized that the reason behind the non-compliance on the part of company administrators spurs out from the lost time that they would have to make up for incase digging does begin. The funds and the resources allocated for the construction cannot be reaffirmed for the sake of the historical digging that is expected to go on in the area. Or perhaps pre-digging should be done in the surface of the area where the business aims to establish the structures ought to be done before any land purchase transactions are completed. This way, if pre-digging occurs and particular relics are found in the area, the business administrators could decide whether or not to buy the property and pursue with the construction elsewhere. True, this would prolong the pre-purchasing procedures but it would sure save both the company and the government their precious time especially in dealing with the problem over protecting historical value of the land and its current value for the people as a source of income.
In the coming years, meeting concerns between conflicting members of the society ought to be given attention to especially towards the consideration over a more consistent process of determining what is meant by defined procedures of industrialization. Most likely, it is because of the emergence of industrialization that some values ought to be compromised; nevertheless, not all compromises are bad especially when they are handled with full proof of not fully undermining the value of other matters being considered in par with that of the option of industrialization and commercial developments.
Carlsen, R. Wal-Mart versus Pyramids. Required Reading.
Landes, David. S. (1999). The Unbound Prometheus: Technological Change and Industrial Development from 1750 to the Present. Cambridge, New York: Press Syndicate of the University of Cambridge