Year 3, week 33: punishment of Sisyphus

“With all this talk about the credit crunch and calling in the debts, I think it’s about time we barristers stood up for ourselves. You know, I’m owed a hundred and fifty grand by one solicitors’ firm alone and it’s been outstanding for over a year.” It was HeadofChambers at chambers tea yesterday.
“Yes, call in the debts. We’ve been financing solicitors for far too long,” replied OldSmoothie.
Even UpTights agreed: “Greedy, fat cat solicitors using all our money to jet set around the world schmoozing clients.”
“Shmoozing clients and bringing in our work to be fair,” said TheBusker.
“Yes, well, that may be so,” said OldSmoothie choking just slightly, “but they’ve got to realise that they wouldn’t survive without us as well as clients.”
“Well, technically they could always do the court cases themselves,” reminded TheBusker.
“Er, well, I don’t think that’s going to happen,” said OldSmoothie his confidence sapping further. Then in a more reflective tone he added: “Although come to think of it, even if I was paid the hundred grand I’m owed by one firm I’d probably have to pay their family law division back a similar amount owing for my divorce.”
“But that’s what a lot of this financial mess is about,” said TheBusker. “Everyone’s wanting to take from Peter to pay Paul who then spends it in paying back to Peter. Never-ending circles of credit and debt.”
“Reminds me of the special punishment reserved for the hubris of Sisyphus who thought he was cleverer even than the gods,” said OldRuin. “His curse was to roll a huge boulder up a hill, only to watch it roll back down over and over again throughout eternity.”

After which the wind had well and truly left their collective sails.

May 19, 2009 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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