Google is a corporation. It is a profit-seeking business made-up of many individuals. Possibly one or more of the individuals working at the corporation are your friends or could be so. But Google is not and can not ever be your friend.
Saying Google Corporation is your friend is as illogical as saying a power-pole is your friend. The lineman climbing the power-pole could be your friend but a power-pole isn’t a living thing that you could be friends with.
According to Wikipedia, during the reign of the Emperor Justinian, Roman Law established a range of “corporate entities.” These included the state itself, municipalities, and private groups – such as political groups, traders, burial clubs, and craftsmen. Private associations were granted designated liberties and privileges by the emperor.
In this day, age, and place (the US), lawmakers have deemed the corporation to be a legal person with many of the same rights and responsibilities as real people. This might be a phenomenon best expressed by the old adage, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” However, no doubt some philosopher would come along and ask, “What precisely is necessity?”
Does the woman with 20 pair of shoes truly “need” another pair? Does the smoker really “need” a cigarette? Could the motivation to satisfy a “need” actually be the result of illusion, confusion, or greed? Can the fact that Google is a profit-seeking business contribute to Google acting contrary to the interest of others – including real people?
Well, the unofficial motto of Google Corporation is, “Don’t be evil.” Of course, the discriminating philosopher might point out that Hitler undoubtedly felt of himself as a good person (rather than evil) for weeding Jews and prostitutes out of Germany. Furthermore, the question ought/needs to be asked, “Is it possible for every individual working for a corporation to develop precisely the same perception as to what is evil and what isn’t?” No doubt possible illusion, delusion, confusion, and greed could come into play – making the motto meaningless.
Anyone who has read the pages herein (the Unseenstrings Blog) has been provided with facts showing free will (a supposed choice mechanism operating above and beyond natural and/or supernatural cause and effect) to be nonsensical. This means that if you know enough about the causes and effects involved in human behavior, then you could theoretically make the humans into little more than biological robots. And what does Google do to make money? Well, primarily Google Corporation collects behavior data and personal information on individuals for self-profit and also sells it to other corporate “entities” for the same reason.
In a world where free will rules, behavior data would have no worth. But in a world where cause and effect rule behavior, data on human behavior is valuable.
Knowledge is power. And individuals who work at Google Corporation have learned to use certain aspects of that power (knowledge) to make profit for the owners and shareholders. In fact, one needs to be aware that Google hasn’t become a multi-billion dollar company by selling search results and “information” to average consumers who use the Google Search Engine. As stated by D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930), “The public…will never be able to preserve its individual reactions from the tricks of the exploiter.”
Another fact relevant to our present discussion can be found HERE (see Number 16 on page):
The old adage goes, “money is the root of all evil.” Yet, that isn’t true. However, money is the primary cause of evil. You see, the person whose development results in him growing to possess an anti-thievery disposition may become desperate enough to occasionally steal in order to feed his family. But once the need is satisfied, the thieving stops. Yet when food (or anything else) can be stolen and exchanged for money–with money being the primary means of achieving and maintaining social status in our culture–then we have a circumstance conducive to perpetual theft.
Why would a drug dealer sell drugs? For the money, of course. Why would a corporation sell products and services? Well, you see, the corporation does so for the same reason the drug dealer does: for the money. However, the corporation is a group whereas the drug dealer is merely an individual. Thus the drug dealer isn’t subjected to the degree of group conformity and peer pressure as the individual who works for a corporation. Also, the employee of a corporation occasionally works with such anonymity while trying to manipulate the customer out of his money that the corporate employee is sometimes as underhanded and unsociable as the bandanna-wearing thief. Besides, when peer pressure and striving for status are combined with the corporate agenda of profits first, the chances of underhandedness and unsociability are more than doubled.
Lots and lots of exploitation has gone into making Google Corporation as wealthy as it is.
Now if Google Corporation were to release the data collected on individuals to the general public, and intellectuals were to have public forums discussing the ramifications of the data collected, then Google might contribute to the advancement and welfare of society. But if Google continues collecting data on individuals and selling that data to other corporations, then the effect is not going to be good for the People of the US nor the rest of the world.
Bear in mind that individuals only have a very limited lifespan. The oldest existing corporation, on the other hand, was chartered in the 1300′s. The data collected and hoarded by corporations will have ramifications effecting your grandchildren, your great grandchildren, and et cetera.
Also, if a political party/group had at their disposal the data collected by Google, without the the public awareness and understanding of how that data can be used against them, then we would have the possibility for another Nazi Germany.
And by the way, I guess I ought to mention that the charitable person is charitable for the same reason the greedy person is greedy. Both find satisfaction in the behavior or they would try to avoid being as they are. Then again, on second thought, one cannot truthfully state whether the feeling of satisfaction is generated by unconscious processes after the behavior has been cause by unconscious processes (in order for the conscious mind to feel justified (and thus remain “sane”)) or generated by unconscious processes in order to stimulate the conscious mind into behaving a particular way. (I suspect the latter is most likely the case.) Whatever, one can truthfully state that the feeling of satisfaction itself was not consciously created. And one can truthfully add that the difference between charitable individuals and greedy individuals is one of circumstance. The particular environmental circumstances one individual was exposed to resulted in charitable behavioral tendencies developing and the particular circumstances the other was exposed to resulted in a greedy individual. At no time has so called free will contributed to the charitableness and/or greediness.