At the height of the Global Financial Crisis in 2009, American car manufacturers were teetering on the brink of collapse. A summit was called between industry leaders and government representatives, which included President Barack Obama, to discuss terms for a possible bailout.
Much was made in the media, however, of the disgust and subsequent chastising comments made by President Obama after seeing the chairmen of Chrysler, Ford and General Motors fly into Washington from nearby Detroit in individual corporate jets. “This repugnant act of hubris,” the President commented, “is what makes it more difficult to explain to people doing it hard all over the country, why it’s necessary for the government to help out these giant companies from going under.”
At the same time as this was happening, the Australian media carried regular stories of wealthy individuals and large corporations who were also doing it tough, even though Australia was hailed worldwide as an astute survivor in times of financial hardship around the globe.
The word ‘hubris’ reverberated in my head for a long time until, one day, the series Pendulum insinuated itself in my head. The title comes from the saying ‘the law of the pendulum’ which suggests that justice is inescapable, that how you behave today will determine how you are treated tomorrow.