Claiming they take full responsibility, but their CEO wants his life back.
Tell that the dead fish, birds, … And the uncounted losing their means of making a living.
Nearly every ‘happiness survey’ that comes out suggests that our parents and grandparents were much happier than we are.
Now I don’t know about you, but if someone is going to lead me I hope that the place I am being led to is better than the place I left.
So why isn’t it?
Well… we’re all so busy being productive at work, apparently, that we’ve got no time for our partners, our children, our communities or ourselves.
We’re all busy at work because we’ve been conditioned to think that our working lives define who we are, so they’re the most important thing. We’re also constantly conditioned to believe that we need to spend… it’s good for us and it’s good for the economy.
We’re bombarded with advertisements that suggest that our homes, cars, bodies, holidays, electronic goods and so on aren’t as good as they would be if we bought more product. And to buy more product we need to do more work.
Our constant demand for more product and the in-built obsolescence of what we buy puts pressure on the earth’s resources and the environment. The pressure it puts on us makes us unhappy and depressed.
I don’t want to be unhappy an depressed. And I don’t want my children to be either. Yet they’re already being conditioned to being good little consumers.
So here’s the challenge for our leaders:How are we going to change all this?
How are we going to educate ourselves to aspire to a more meaningful values set?
How are we going to resolve the dissonance between company shareholders who expect year on year bigger and better profits and the pressures on people and the environment that this expectation presents?
Answers on a very large postcard please.
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