Hungarian. Fluent in Dutch. Fun to be around even though she sees right through people and is scathing in her remarks. She always serves you the uncut version of what she really thinks. I once described a beautiful girl to her in flowery terms and Sarolta looked me in the eye and with a very calm voice said: ‘She’s a bitch.’ She has a certain unassuming aristocratic way about her, in a good way. Dresses colorfully. Can’t be bullshitted with marketing tricks. Understands that a multinational is about making money and keeping the shareholders happy, nothing else. Attracts, but does not like pampered rich guys. Loves logic. And eats some pretty nasty snack, chocolate bananas or something. She prefers truth over romance and romance over coldness. What makes her furious is people being selfish, inconsiderate and/or pretending to be something they are not.
If Sarolta would be coffee, she would be a dark, bitter, slightly sour aroma you can’t get enough of. No milk, no sugar, smash on your taste buds.
1. What is the one thing you could do today that would make everything easier?
2. What’s your one word?
Common sense (commonsense 😛 ).
3. What’s the one word that connects everything you stand for and value in life?
4. Our current economic systemic widens the gap between the super rich and the rest of the world. What would a moral economy look like according to you?
During my master studies at Corvinus University of Budapest I had a subject called Philosophical/theological foundations of human-centered economy. In the frame of this subject I studied the economic mechanisms from the Christian religion’s point of view. Based on the religion’s perception of the economy, employees are considered not as „production tools”, but as values that build up the economic system. According to me this approach would be the basis of a moral economy. Unfortunately not all companies can follow this principle (to treat their members as values) and the market itself is not ethically neutral either. The market should be based on the solidarity and the mutual trust between the partners. Everyone should work towards a win-win situation, instead of a win-lose or lose-win, so there is less chance that anyone would remain unsatisfied. (Source: http://archive.figyelo.hu/cikkek/413570-keresztenykent-bizniszelni-igen —my part: Sarolta M/A: A piac etikailag nem semleges)
5. What can we do to distribute wealth more evenly?
We could spread the power more evenly, and not allow only one or few groups/persons to take much or all the responsibility that goes with a certain role, because we could lose transparency and indirectly we could lose the fair distribution of wealth. For example, I liked the idea of having two kings in ancient Sparta, because they could control each other and the power did not get concentrated in only one hand. I think three kings would have been even better, because there is less chance of having a standoff or becoming corrupted. Based on this logic, modern governments may also consist of at least three different political parties, so it would be more beneficial for the citizens. Apart from that every occupation, separately and obligatorily, must have a labour organization in every country and these labour organizations should be connected between the countries, so they could help each other when needed.
6. What would you do if you weren’t afraid?
I would travel around the world without a single piece of baggage and without cash and without a mobile phone.
7. What advice would you give your 20 year old self?
Do not take life so seriously, do not bother yourself with irrelevant tasks and persons. Be stronger!