Tuesday, February 28, 2012

RE: "Greed is Good"

Open Letter from the desk of Mr. G. Gekko, Chairman

TO: All Employees 
RE: Setting the record straight on "Greed is Good" 
It has come to the attention of this office that a speech given some time ago has become problematic for the business practices of this firm and this nation. The Chairman has expressed regret (having nothing to do with the current slate of litigation against him) and wishes to set the record straight.
On that day in 1987, when addressing the ethos of his firm and his vision for western culture, he misspoke on rather an epic scale. 
What he meant to say was this:
Read is good. Read works. Read is right.  
Reading clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Reading, in all of its forms; reading for life, for money, for love, for knowledge, has marked the upward surge of mankind and reading, you mark my words, will not only save us, but that other malfunctioning corporation called the U.S.A. 
The chairman expresses his sincerest apologies for any misunderstandings.  If nothing else, unchecked READING is less likely to crash the world economy. 
G. Gekko, Chairman

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