Friday, December 25, 2009

An open letter from a drug dealer

This is an open letter to the general public, on behalf of people like me involved in the human well-being enhancement industry. You generally know more us more for the disparaging term “drug dealers”. I am writing this letter to you to air our side of the equation, and to remind everybody that we too act within market constraints.

You see, most of us in the well-being enhancement profession generally deal with sophisticated consenting adults who know exactly what it is they are doing. They come to us, transact profitable economic trades, because they have specific rational and logical objectives. They may come to us to help them deal with an emotional loss, they may have to deal with recurrent depressions, a sense of unbelonging, or simply they want to improve their current state of mood. We have perhaps been involved in a lot of improved marriages, much-quickened health recoveries, improved character of public events and gatherings, and in the general perceived intelligence and talent of people who make use of our products. Society needs what we provide.

Indeed, we would not exist if it were not for the continuing patronage of our willing clients. We are simply providing a service that our drug users demand. And don’t forget too that consumption of our products consists a tiny percentage of the total transactions that people engage with us. That is, the people we transact with may not always be the end-users of our service. They may in turn around and supply this useful commodity to others also in need of our value-enhancing contributions. This then leads to a much wider net of general well-being enhancement, not to mention opportunities for our own clients to also make boatloads of money. Remember, too, that we are not paid to look after the general health of our clients.

Now don’t judge us if we, due to our dealer job, will have the ability to know which users would be willing to pay more just to get a sufficient supply of our products. Our decision to then price our products accordingly is nothing more than just a reaction to the market forces that everybody else adheres to. Remember, we could be wrong and we end up losing a much-needed user. But this comes with the risks of doing business.

After all, we’re just ordinary businessmen also doing God’s work. Our thanks go to Goldman Sachs, as well as to Henry Blodget, for helping us get our thoughts in order, to make our case much clearer to you, the general public. Goldman Sachs remains our most admired company, and we continue to mine its employee rolls in search for potential new lucrative transaction opportunities.

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