Few acts in our society are sheltered from critical thought more than the modern charity. Every grocery store, coffee shop, and corporate environment attempts to blend charitable giving into its sales pitch to levels more perverse than we’ve ever seen; to consume is to be moral. To work long hours under this company is moral because the company gives to charity. It is OKAY to buy more, because with every purchase you are buying yourself a small piece of a Papal Indulgence of the modern era, a free pass to the gates of cognitive dissonance. (more…)
We live in a world of numerous competing arguments and messages. Our government wants us to be patriots, our families want us to be selfless, and our employers want us to be loyal. In all three instances we have competing parties who want our loyalty, certainly we cannot satisfy them all. What family would willingly want to give up its 18 year old male children to die in distant wars? What company would want our 20something to get a family and start cutting back on working hours? And what government would want its most talented capitalists to renounce their citizenship and move elsewhere?
To say we can satisfy all these requirements at once is naive, we cannot. There may be times when the stars align and it may seem like we are quelling the insatiable desires of our social circles simultaneously, but that’s simply an illusion. Each circle is attempting to control the other. On the spectrum of ‘soft’ arguments and ‘hard’ arguments, families rely on ‘soft’ arguments and governments rely on ‘hard’ arguments. Let’s talk about this briefly then delve into Corporate Culture. (more…)