Trend toward Failure
amazing how ethical trends degrade right in front of us and
we don't see it happen.
example, the loss of automotive jobs in the United States was no
accident. Our brightest minds knew that innovation and business
integrity were vital to keeping the industry alive and strong. They
ignored such actions as too costly in the short run. Business people
in Asia quickly took the market from under our noses.
again the American auto industry ignores the obvious, despite their
previous failure. The price of gas and oil is on the increase, and
will never be inexpensive again. Resources are limited. The constant
burning of fuels is damaging our climate, and may lead to the devastation
of us all. Everyone knows that more energy efficiency is needed,
along with alternative fuels.
does the industry respond? By dragging its feet, lobbying Congress
to keep efficiency standards lax, and building more inefficient
Asia and Europe do the same? Probably not. Like before, they focus
on competing in the marketplace, now and in the future.
why aren't American industries doing the same? Didn't they learn
their lesson? Shouldn't CEOs be working to protect their employees
and their stockholders' investments? Where is the logic of their
cursory glance reveals their logic, and the unveiling stains us
all. These business people aren't stupid. They learned their lesson
but it was not the lesson that we think.
profits of American CEOs are so inflated that long term planning
isn't necessary to acquire their own personal wealth. Fighting for
the present year's profits alone has become their primary goal.
If things go bad, they can bail out and let someone else benefit
by coming to the rescue, albeit too late. Laying off people and
closing down plants then falls under "damage control."
These new CEOs then become heroes for the "necessary"
devastation that they cause, reaping huge rewards and bonuses for
making "tough decisions" that should not have been necessary
recurring cycle is no accident. It runs alongside the trend of building
a highly successful business, and then exporting it overseas to
increase already bloated profits. Many a million dollar bonus has
been gained by this tactic as well. If the CEO is no longer needed,
who cares? The profits already garnered are enough to last a lifetime.
is the logic of short-sighted Capitalism as it has morphed in America
today. We see a variation of it in politics as well. Throw money
at a problem, no matter how ineffectively, and then claim to be
a champion for its cause. Reap the benefits of lobbyists even though
the nation is harmed in the long run. Stonewall progress in the
name of partisanship. No one seems to notice.
lust for short-term profits over a more intelligent and moral longevity
extends itself into all aspects of our lives:
continue to condemn the world to deadly global warming, under
little more than the banner of self-righteous denial.
representatives rob the Social Security surplus to pay for other
programs, knowing full well that coffers will be drained because
of it. They even have the audacity to admit it!
try to make war look more palatable for the upcoming election,
using words like victory, when the loss of hundreds of thousands
of lives signifies only the defeat of all we stand for.
a personal level, we play the same game by putting off until tomorrow
what should be done today. One more cigarette won't hurt. One
more drink won't make a difference. But they do, and we know it.
simple terms, the insanity that accompanies selfish greed is ruining
the world we live in with moral laziness and fleeting, irrational
profits. There is no honor in this. No virtue worth extolling. While
the practices may be legal (thanks to unscrupulous laws), they are
immoral and should be recognized as such.
long as money is our god, there will be no solution to this problem.
As long as we teach business leaders and politicians that this kind
of behavior is acceptable, we are doomed to having our lives infected
by it. As long as we view people as commodities, and the earth as
our sewer for as long as it lasts, we become the shameful, ignorant
culprits who eventually destroy everything.
culture is what it believes in. People are moral only in as much
as their beliefs and actions are moral.
about liberal compassion for the poor or conservative family values
in order to garner votes means nothing if not accompanied by good
will and intelligent action. We have born the burden of lies too
we don't open our eyes and act quickly, we will be the generation
that destroyed paradise out of blind greed.
take back what was lost!