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Monday, October 04, 2004 10:22 AM
Thought for the Day: Monday
Anita Sharpe on Business

'Every age has a critical shortage. In the industrial age, it was money. People in industrial society were willing to give up time for money, and in many areas of the country that is still true. In a postindustrial age, the critical shortages are time and meaning. And people will only give up their time for meaning.

'It follows then, that one of the challenges facing American business is to add meaning to commercial life. That's difficult for a company to do unless it is able to impart to its employees the meaning of the company. A lot of companies have lore; they have history; they have tradition; they have huge markets; but they have no meaning.

'Why are we here on earth? What am I doing? Who benefits from this? These are valid questions for businesspeople to ask -- and answer, with no words over three syllables and no business terms. When you look at your business with these questions in mind, it looks very different.' -- Entrepreneur and environmentalist Paul Hawken

1 comment

Laura Bergells - 10/7/2004 4:45:14 PM
'Do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of,' said Ben Franklin.

So, if you do that which you do not wish to do (under the pretext of being able to survive materially)....

...isn't that actually slavery?

Even if you say, 'I freely choose to give up my time for money: I have no use for deeper meaning. I can obtain that elsewhere in life...'

...aren't you in fact actively choosing slavery?

And because your enslavement period is split (say, 10 hours a day as a slave, 14 hours free for you to indulge in more enriching pursuits)...

...is that why the metaphor of a see-saw for balance works for those who have slave/free lives, yet doesn't resonate well for people who have a more holistic approach to life?


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