Meandering the metaphysical
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Wednesday, November 09, 2005
This past Monday I was at a business ethics discussion (that I attend monthly) and some interesting thoughts have resulted from it. In recent years, I've been known and heard to complain (yeah, I'm good at that, but shouldn't be) about LARGE corporations and their influence on our society. I typically boycott most fast food joints. And, I get worried when I see Wal-Mart building yet another SUPERSIZEME store or yet another merger between already ginormous corporations.
It concerns me and I don't have a solution. Yet, I've also softened in my view of the corporation and the free market economy. It has its faults but it also has many good results. However, my greater concern is the reliance that has been placed upon the corporation. We now expect them to "step in" and assist with natural disasters. We expect them to be heavily involved in charitable donations. Might I pose this question...is that the original role of the corporation within the framework of society?
And, yet another, more important question...where is the Church in all of this?
Well...this has not quite made it to the topic I originally set out to discuss. However, this is the background to my thinking. My greatest concern (and mostly a personal one, at that) is why do we spend so much money? Obviously, we need to feed, clothe and provide shelter but do we really need all the little gadgets, shoes, outfits, whatever...that we buy?
I'm disgustingly guilty of this and it bothers me. I fear a selfishness is allowed to exist. More should be given away and more should be saved. I have a personal responsibility to be a good steward of my own resources and to use these for the good of man and God. I often fail at this.
Your thoughts? More to follow on all of this...
Update: Please consider a small donation to help UNICEF in South Asia Earthquake relief efforts.
Go here to learn more about what UNICEF is doing to provide emergency assistance for children and families affected by the earthquake in South Asia. (Katrina and Tsunami relief efforts have received far more media attention than this disaster)
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