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THE NEW CULT OF ‘GOODNESS’ IN BUSINESS

THE NEW CULT OF ‘GOODNESS’ IN BUSINESS

“It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker,” Adam Smith famously wrote, “that we expect our dinner, but from … their own interest.”   If Adam Smith was with us today, he might fairly point to the case of Steve Jobs to support his thesis that moral qualities are irrelevant in business.  Jobs had many sterling qualities, but niceness wasn’t one of...

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DO GOOD & EVIL EXIST?

DO GOOD & EVIL EXIST?

Scott Peck used to collect religious jokes and this was one of his favorites.   Chatting in Hell were a Catholic priest, a Jewish rabbi, and a New Age minister.  Why were they down there?  “Back on earth I was a whiskey priest,” the Catholic says, “I loved the booze more than anything.”  The rabbi pipes up, “It was ham sandwiches that did for me.  I just couldn’t leave them...

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ARE LIFE & BUSINESS DIFFICULT?

ARE LIFE & BUSINESS DIFFICULT?

“Life is difficult.”  That’s the start of M Scott Peck’s brilliant book The Road Less Traveled.  I agree strongly.  And I disagree strongly too.  That life is difficult, says Peck, “is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it.  Once we truly know that life is difficult – once we truly understand and accept it – then life is no longer difficult. ...

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VALENTINUS – THE GOSPEL OF INSIGHT

VALENTINUS – THE GOSPEL OF INSIGHT

 If I had to live in the past – and because of modern medicine and dentistry I prefer living in the present – I would choose to live in Rome in the second century AD.   It was at that time that there was the greatest diversity of philosophies and religions, and the most interesting world-views – nearly all of which are forgotten today, but I believe can be very useful today.  Second...

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SAINT STEVE JOBS?

SAINT STEVE JOBS?

How do we transform our lives?   Finding most of the self-help literature opaque on this point, I thought of studying the greatest example of personal transformation on a large scale that I am aware of – that of the “Jesus movement” in the first three centuries AD.  And I have come to some surprising – and I hope useful – conclusions.  To be provocative – but not without good...

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THE PLOTINUS PRINCIPLE?

THE PLOTINUS PRINCIPLE?

It’s just possible that I have found a source of insight comparable to that from Vilfredo Pareto, the nineteenth-century economist who inspired the 80/20 principle.  My new friend is Plotinus, a philosopher who was born in 205 AD, studied in Alexandria, joined the army on an ill-fated expedition to India – because he wanted to study there – and then had a hard time making it back to...

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