My godchildren inspire me. They ask questions, alter my perspective and in exchange I get a youthful perspective. Some parents, surly know the feeling. The godchildren that inspired this writing are 14 and 15 years old. Their persistence forced me to think—to improve my grasp of “Listening Well” and “Causing Happiness.”
During the Thanksgiving holiday, amidst my godchildren’s question barrage, I was asked, “What would you do if you found one million dollars?”
My reply, “I’d try to give it back to who ever lost it.”
“No, I mean what if no one was around. You just found it,” replied my godson.
Confidently, I replied, “Well, no one loses a million dollars, and doesn’t look for the money. So, I’d help them find it.”
My goddaughter, better explaining her brother’s question, jumped in, “No! No, he means, noooooobody is looking for the money. You find a million dollars. What do you do with it?” Read more
Disgusting! Church leaders sought to protect their institution and pray for their parishioners. These people refused to hold others accountable for their actions, and worse, alerted no others.
The comments about “that’s not the way it was handled” are vile. I’ll burn this as a permanent reference of how not to treat people.
Not a way I wanted to start my morning.
L.A. church leaders sought to hide sex abuse cases from authorities – latimes.com.
Well, well. As a well-traveled black male, I’ve know the US environment, no the global environment, to have prejudice and bias. Not life threating hatred, but some. I believe, all humans utilize biases–The human brain works quite efficiently with biases (a topic worthy of a blog post by itself).
My key learning from the article is that sufficient racial integration has not occurred such that a broad base of Americans, see, Americans with racial differences as one of them. If the article would have reported on the racial prejudice of Black people, I suspect there would be no progress. My life experience certainly echoes the percentages quoted in the article.
As I reflect on the article, I remember the discussion Barack Obama made after the wide display of the Rev. Wright sermons. One telling point he made, “America has not integrated its churches.” Maybe that is the true evidence of integration, religious worship. The American society has focused integration efforts on schools, employment, housing and with the Affordable Care Act, health care. Maybe, just maybe, its time to effectively integrate religious worship. Now, that is a challenge.
AP poll: Majority harbor prejudice against blacks – Yahoo! News.
Everyone once in a while, we read a story or observe a behavior that challenges our mental constructs–those notions of cause and effect that support our bias and beliefs. For me, the Bloomberg story of charities and telemarketing brought me to a stand still. I just did not want to believe the greed and self-absorbed rationale that I attribute to the corporate world had invaded charitable organizations. But alas it has. Read more
I loved this article. I found it an interesting way to say that people with empathy for others, and a sense of responsibility toward promises, make great leaders. The combination of traits are hard to hone—It is difficult to care enough to get something done for others. But I like the thought.
Why Feelings of Guilt May Signal Leadership Potential | Stanford Graduate School of Business.
October 5, 2012
Well, well. Mitt Romney has confirmed my beliefs. The NPR article confirms, for me, so much. Admittedly, I may be using isolated events to confirm preconceived biases. But, when I connect the dots from the August post I made, below, it’s hard to believe “isolated” is an appropriate adjective.
Romney: I Was ‘Just Completely Wrong On The 47 Percent’ | NPR
August 26, 2012
Wow, The Economist really laid into Mitt Romney in this article. I think their tone and questions are legitimate. However, in my mind, the answer to the title question is obvious: Mitt believes it would be great to be president.
All other thoughts are simply a means to an ends for Mitt. What most of us call flip flopping for Mitt appears to be simply how he gets what he wants. Fame, to be liked, power, and status they have driven this guy for a long time, nothing new now.
Mitt’s pretty obvious, we just don’t want to believe he have the audacity to ask for our vote only promising to make himself better off–but he has.
The presidency: So, Mitt, what do you really believe? | The Economist.
Many recent press articles have used the term ‘fiscal cliff’ to describe the December 2012 budget events of tax increases and government spending cuts. Such a description is biased and underlies the author’s inherent priority of economic activity over fiscal health. Worse in many readers minds, I fear, the act of saving is demonized as the cause of poor economic activity. Nothing could be further from the truth. Read more
There are a fair number of truths in this story. For me it’s the lack of bank mergers that are an awaking. The benefit to the society, reminds us all that banks are a service to the rest of society, not an economic engine in and of itself. Why supports again my frustration at the size and outlandish activities in the name of bonuses, todays bankers consider a right and just reward.
Hardheaded Socialism Makes Canada Richer Than U.S. – Bloomberg.
Beverly and my morning rest
After a long morning walk, and a morning jog, Beverly and I are resting at the Monaco Bar. Lovely place. And as I love about the French culture, lots of people watching. One running debate of this morning, what are the policemen doing as the direct traffic. Beverly swears the are granting permission for the roadway. Some type of permit thing. This little Bar reminds me of Redondo–Lot’s of locals. And flies. And pigeons. Some things just happen the same.
Just saw a bunch of tourist on what appeared as a kid’s train. Something I’d not do. Well tchau for now
Today is the first full day of vacation 2012. Yesterday, like all travel days, was hard due to the dramatic changes in body clock, location, etc. One highlight from yesterday was my completion of, “Managing Business Complexity”. A great book. So today, I’m exploring the many ideas generated from my reading.
Although, I’m striving to heed the authors advice for my first project, I can’t help but want my first agent based model to explore the myriad decisions of retirement planning. Seems a good arena to dissect with the philosophies of agent modeling.
I’m drafting from my blackberry, for the first time, so I hope the picture and these thoughts make its way to the page. My goal is share a bit, and explore life on the Mediterranean Sea. It’s off to a great start.