basically, every interaction involving money makes me think about the greed and inefficiencies involved. how everything i buy has had fifteen middlemen inserting their dirty hands into the pot to incrementally raise the price. some add value, most don't.
and people wonder why we are so far behind the world in so many areas and this is a key contributor in my estimation. rather than look for ways to start new industries and get ahead in new technologies, new processes, etc., we are too busy trying to squeeze another 5 cents out of an airline ticket by reducing the portion of free soda someone receives, or redesigning a box of cereal so they can add cost and reduce volume while making it look like a better value. america is the land of [short term] opportunit[ists].