Thursday, January 31, 2008

The Multinational

I have an intern from the American University Brussels in my department. I tried to explain that a multinational is not just a company you work for. It is everything but a company. First of all it is a stage. People who survive more than 5 years in a multinational have proven to be worthy actors. Secondly it is an animal, a beast. It devours your character and personal life. Thirdly it is a ghost with an incomprehensible logic and a peculiar set of ethics. Fourthly it is woman, more caring and careful than you, neater, richer, seductive and lethal. Fifthly it is a sanctuary, an escape from every day life, your own private formicary.