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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Capitalism - Is It Time For Something Better?

Capitalism, some say, is the best economic system going. It provides for healthy competition, innovation and invention, and an open, 'free enterprise' system in which anyone with the ambition and desire to participate can reap benefits.

OK, perhaps Capitalism does offer some of these things, and many individuals and corporations are reaping the benefits even now. Anyone with a brilliant idea for a product or service that people want or need can, under a Capitalist economic system, generate income and profits with little difficulty.

However, what about some of the 'darker' aspects of Capitalism that we tend to overlook?

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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Pope Francis' American Visit - Can He Shame Political Correctness Away?

After perusing much of Pope Francis' speech transcript given before the United States 'Joint Session of Congress', I am again impressed and pleased with the overall tone and theme of his pleas; that everybody work together toward greater good and common goals and similar brotherly and sisterly love aspirations.

So, I cannot help wonder if Pope Francis' visit and speech can possibly have enough impact to 'shame' some of the "political-correctness" disease we are currently afflicted with into submission, and perhaps ultimately into complete remission and utter elimination?

I'm guessing The Donald will be pleased, although I doubt he'll be so pleased with the Pope's encouragement for more sharing across our borders; i.e., less building of walls?


Friday, September 25, 2015

Promote World Peace - in Seven Days?

Today, September 25, 2015, marks a significant point in time for what could be considered as a new hope arising from some of our world's most influential, most progressive, most respected individuals, corporations, foundations, institutions, and various other entities who have "signed up" to support the Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

Today, according to information through the above link, our world could begin the migration toward a more peaceful, more healthy, more equitable, more sustainable, more greater-good thinking, and more promoting of the many similar attitudes and intentions we all know are so desperately needed.

That old lyric, "What the world needs now is love, sweet love", comes to my mind, y'know?

Part of this whole effort is to reach out to '7 billion people in 7 days'! 

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

President Obama and Pope Francis - Talking More About Love?

I watched a good piece of the CBS News™ coverage of Pope Francis' visit to the White House, and got to listen to President Obama's welcoming speech, as well as the Pope's speech, which he gave in very good English, I must say!

The overall 'theme', if I can be so bold, was about love and compassion...for each other, for our societies, civilizations, religions, our environment, our planet, our entire 'being' as a single entity of Creation which needs to learn how to embrace such principles and attitudes and practices and behaviors that unify, rather than separate us all, y'know?

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Does "doing one's job" excuse people from accountability?

Recent issues with a Christian county clerk in Kentucky and a Muslim flight attendant with Express Jet™ are promising to open up a proverbial 'can of worms', I think.

We are dealing with some difficult and potentially "game-changing" aspects of current culture and 'new thinking', with regard to requirements of "doing one's job". 

When job duties go against personal convictions and commitment, what IS the employee's ultimate responsibility?

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Is it OK to refuse work duties based on personal conscience?

A couple of recent scenarios are bringing attention to just how a person is supposed to reconcile the difficult dilemma of being asked to perform or include a particular aspect of one's "job" that might be a blatant "offense" to them as individuals with specific beliefs.

A Christian county clerk in Kentucky and a Muslim flight attendant with ExpressJet™ are being 'charged' for (allegedly) not carrying out parts of their (alleged) "job duties" because of their (alleged) personal religious beliefs.  Note that I'm using the "alleged" term to indicate that these things are still being ironed out and the outcomes are unpredictable, at best.

So...what to do? In such cases when one's "job description" calls for certain behaviors or practices which can impact one's personal conscience, should they simply avoid such job opportunities?

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