The latter part of this article has some great thoughts about the complexity of trying to think and do right in the world.
Especially about overcoming that basic human tendency to identify as same or other.
Helping to prevent such events from occurring required agency and good moral sense, and good moral sense was not consistent with preferring one’s own people.
It hits on the complexity of helping others before or while supporting your own.
We have a long way to go before everyone benefits from the better, more inclusive world we are building, but we can’t let that stop us from continuing to build it.
My Parents’ Mixed Messages on the Holocaust http://nyti.ms/2bqGsiW
We need to use the moral lens more than the economic one to find our way to a better world.
The Power of Altruism http://nyti.ms/29Fhm3r
We need fewer entrepreneurs and idea folks and more doers who get good ideas out there.
We tend to focus on the glitz and glamor of new ideas and products. The article points to the need to get existing ideas out into the world; which is more important than dreaming up new solutions to the world’s problems.
Ideas Help No One on a Shelf. Take Them to the World. http://nyti.ms/1KZPuUl
Its always refreshing to hear a CEO pledge to do more than just pursue profits. Its extraordinary when a CEO actually does something about it. Its exemplary when a CEO leads others to do the same.
“We are a country based on capitalism, but we should just have a more compassionate capitalism,” he says. “It shouldn’t be just about shareholders but, more broadly, stakeholders, from your customers to the environment.
Despite the reach to connect the environment in the Mid West states to the politics in the Middle East, this article addresses an interesting idea for large scale environmentally sustainable agriculture.
NYTimes: Kansas and Al Qaeda
NYTimes: Plasma Gasification Raises Hopes of Clean Energy From Garbage http://nyti.ms/SxX1Ol
This article paints an even handed look at the problems both parties have and how to deal with our country’s ideological gap.
Since the 1990s we’ve been stuck at one level — party versus party. Partisanship is not a bad thing. We need multiple teams to develop competing visions for voters to choose among. But when so many of our leaders can’t even occasionally place national interest before party interest, we’ve crossed over into hyperpartisanship. And that’s a very bad thing, because it amplifies other problems like the debt crisis, the absence of a rational immigration policy and our aging infrastructure.
Unlike a foreign attack, a problem that threatens only one side’s sacred values can therefore divide us, rather than unite us. It’s as though a giant asteroid is headed for the Earth. One side sees it coming and screams, but the louder it screams, the more stubbornly the other side covers its ears and averts its eyes.
note that marriage is disappearing primarily among Americans without a four-year college degree. Marriage confers so many benefits on children that it helps them rise into the upper tier of wealth; children who don’t benefit from a stable marriage are more likely to fall. So if you are a liberal who is worried about the inequality asteroid, you might consider teaming up with a conservative group trying to promote marriage.
But then you’d run smack into the problem that women rarely want to marry a man with no job and poor prospects. So if you are a conservative who cares about the unmarried-mother asteroid, you might want to team up with liberal groups working to improve educational equality and to find ways to keep poor young men in school.
When we focus only on the one asteroid that most frightens us, we feel anger at the partisans on the other side. We curse their blindness without recognizing our own. But if we can look up into the sky and see a whole fleet of asteroids heading for us, we lose our tunnel vision and experience a healthy form of panic. We’re in big trouble, and anyone who does that hyperpartisan stuff now should be ashamed — or kicked out of office. The day after Election Day is the day for all of us, and our siblings and cousins, to come together and start building an asteroid deflection system.
NYTimes: We Need a Little Fear http://nyti.ms/TJlDSE