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  • Today's economic crisis is greater peril than World War II 3 comments
    Jun 10, 2011 6:03 PM

    Today's economic crisis is greater peril than World War II

    Today we are losing the economic war to foreign nations, hungry people, increased unemployment, housing crisis, Trillions in deficits, various Cities and States on a verge of Bankruptcy.
    Worse we cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel.

    Our education system is faltering. Values and morality are disintegrating.
    This is a bigger war than World War II.
    How do we overcome these crises? It is imperative we reverse the trend.
    We must work together to overcome the current crises.
    We have to be creative and resourceful.
    We have to drastically reduce our fossil fuel consumption
    Anyone has a logical and profound answer, I would like to hear.
    I have a feeling it is going to get worse, before it gets better.

    YJ Draiman, Northridge, CA
    “It is, regrettably, no exaggeration to say that we are living in an era of irrationality, deception, confusion, anger, and unfocused fear -- an ominous combination, with few precedents. There has never been a time when it was so important to have a voice of sanity, insight, and understanding of what is happening in the world.”
    The US economy has disintegrated, and with it into the abyss plummet the blueprints of neoliberal economists, whose theories about "the free market" have now gone the way of medieval alchemy.
    We need honest government with integrity.
    “Good leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion”

    Public confidence in the integrity of the Government is indispensable to faith in democracy; and when we lose faith in the system, we have lost faith in everything we fight and spend for.
    As citizens of this democracy, you are the rulers and the ruled, the law-givers and the law-abiding, the beginning and the end.
    Change is inevitable. Change for the better is a full-time job.
    Action speaks louder than words.
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  • ebicaus
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    As a Canadian, I agree with your comments. A lot of work needs to be done both sides of the borders so that North America can recover from the dependence on other nations to support our way of life. The trend can't continue and unfortunately many are in debt and aren't phased about it.
    29 Jun 2011, 09:58 PM Reply Like
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    As a Canadian, I agree with your comment. Nothing signifies economic peril more than when countries in Europe are on the brink of economic disaster. As a country issues more treasury bonds, the amount of debt increases and results in larger interest payments with less possibilities of reducing their debt on schedule. It is more apparent to outsiders when the "fear" of so-called debt collectors come screaming for their funds and/or using the opportunity to call in this loan for some sort of diplomatic gain.


    I feel it is important that all levels of government should be accountable for their "social spending" with the amount(s) received through yearly taxes. What is a surprise to most is that 50 years ago individuals saved more than they spent and holding "debt" was unacceptable. Using credit to fuel a country's economic growth is not a viable solution.


    Things look grim from the eyes of a 31 year old.
    29 Jun 2011, 09:58 PM Reply Like
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    Author’s reply » Leadership and what it entails


    Ethics on leadership involves authority on self and others to help the organization uphold values that are important to the set up. Society’s need for common good and peaceful interaction and interrelationships are based on honesty, service to others and moral courage. After all, ethics is the branch of philosophy concerned with the intent, means, and consequences of moral behaviors.


    Moral issues such as; equality, safety, properties, respect, human relationships; to name a few, are social consciences to be considered when it comes to our day-to-day interaction with all creatures here on earth. Even though our behaviors and personality has common relation with our culture from where we have established our early environment, as a person, being human, we have distinctive characteristics that are more unique that has more and higher significance with those of other creatures in the planet. Simply because; we possess the moral sense and we have a conscience to distinguish our actions and decisions based on our judgments between right and wrong.


    When we are aware of the limits of our actions to deliberate our thoughts to actualization, we then are conscious of all the consequences of them. And, this is the turning point of ones ability to choose what decision to make based on the ethics that society have imposed. We are also all influenced from three formations in our growing years; that is, by association, through books we read, and in our own self concepts. As we grow with reason, we can know what we can act and cannot, based upon our consciousness of the cultural issues of morality which determine our peer’s trust and respect on us.


    Ethics as we all know is just as important as values. Some act on their ethical judgments based on self-defined morals as influenced in their growing years’ environment, and from association with our peers, authority, and self-convictions as well as the values we hold. As a leader, it is important to determine our own moral principles and decide ethical conducts in the light of the meaning that it attaches with our own lives; from our own cultures, education, and purposes in life.


    Ethics embrace values and morality as an important factor and full partner in the quest for an outstanding performance, not only in leadership but in a person’s daily actuation. Ethics in work and leadership is important more than anything. The work rules, the codes of conducts in the workplace is the determining factors what the organization strive and live for. Reputation and Success are synonymous without question. Everything that is happening inside the operation of the organization reflects the ethical ideals of the ownerships the members hold within their beliefs and values. And then what is transported to the outside world of their circle that determines reciprocity of public trust and loyalty.


    We are not born with values, but we become what we are as influenced from our own cultures and societies where we grow and when become aware of them as children. We adopt what is being promoted to us; and from it, thus our own values are born. The more we understand our values deep within us, the clearer we can be with what we want to do with our lives, how we want to live our lives. We have a good picture of our self identity and we become more confident with our actions and actuation in our day to day existence. When we developed good character traits from the values we hold, we then possess qualities of great leadership.


    Leadership requires competence; to be caring, having value-based convictions, and must be committed to certain ideals and goals that achieve the group’s vision and mission. As ethics in leaderships are required; leaders will have to have the instinct of higher ideals, possess values, and strive to be just, to serve all for the common good. Commitment to the basic values such as honesty, responsibility, charity, excellence, and persistence are necessary for building trust. And trust must be attained because it is the bedrock of the organizational survival and its growth over the long term.


    People will forgive the leader who fails to manage by objectives or in its inefficiency in the use of time, and sometimes when a leader fails to achieve the smoothest human relations; but, they cannot forgive and it is difficult for anyone in society to forgive the leader who are immoral and unprincipled. This is the reason why leaderships must not only be a visionary, but also know the importance and exercise good judgments of actions and decisions based on the principles of right and wrong. And mostly, embrace the ethics of values and morality as full partners in the quest for its performance. To test their actions and decisions for the good of all that they serve and the society is by asking; is it the truth, is it fair to all concerned, will it build goodwill and better relationships, and will It be beneficial to all concerned. Then and only then, can higher ethical climate is obtained. And when it is, profits of the company operations will be better, as it reflects trust to the stakeholders and shareholders; cultivate loyalty to the staffs, employees, and customers.
    24 Jul 2011, 10:06 AM Reply Like
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