Archive for August, 2014

ALL ARE SEEKING FOR IT

The jewel is lost in the mud, and all are seeking for it;

Some look for it in the east, and some in the west; some in the water and some amongst stones.

But the servant Kabir has appraised it at its true value, and has wrapped it with care in the end of the mantle of his heart.

Kabir

(translated by Rabindranath Tagore)

RUN THAT BY ME AGAIN?

These days, it’s hard to find humor amidst the very dangerous situations we’re all facing.  So when I do, I hold on to it as well as I can.

The following is an item from news of the weird, a newspaper column by Chuck Shepherd featuring–well, weird-but-true news items that often give me alot of laughs I can really use.

In the latest news of the weird column, however, this first item doesn’t make me laugh, but makes me think.

ALL WAR IS WEIRD, BUT THIS ISIS WAR

As summed up by a Vox.com writer:  “The absurdity runs deep.”  America uses American military equipment to bomb American military equipment that ISIS captured (from inept Iraqi soldiers, inept in part since America disbanded Iraq’s professional military in 2003).  America’s Kurdish allies, fighting ISIS, use inferior Russian weapons they captured in the 1980s.  ISIS has a so-far-safe haven in Syria because America declined to arm moderate Syrian rebels, largely out of fear that radicals like the future ISIS would capture weapons America provided.  “So now (America is) bombing the guns that (it) didn’t mean to give ISIS because (America) didn’t give guns to their enemies because then ISIS might get guns.”

FROM THE BOQ: BUSINESS, POLITICS AND ETHICS #120

Another question from Gregory Stock’s book is this:

If you were President, would you be willing to help create a powerful global government that could settle all international disputes?  Assume you would have to agree to all its decisions?

Wow–some of Dr. Stock’s questions are downright prophetic (considering that this book was published in 1991–just before globalization became the nightmare it is today)!

If I were President, I would absolutely not be willing to help create a global government of any kind.

It was arguably a mistake to create the League of Nations, and later the United Nations, in the first place.

FROM THE BOQ: BUSINESS, POLITICS AND ETHICS #119

Another question from Gregory Stock’s book is this:

In some hospitals it is common for physicians to use gifts and favors to buy patient referrals from the emergency-room staff.  If you became the director of such a hospital, would you ignore the practice or try to stop it?

I wouldn’t just try to stop it–I would stop it.

FROM THE BOQ: BUSINESS, POLITICS AND ETHICS #118

Another question from Gregory Stock’s book is this:

Does it offend you when you are misled with half-truths in a business deal?

Of course.

What do you see as the ethical distinction between lying and intentionally leading people astray by cleverly omitting key parts of a story?

There is no such distinction–intentionally leading people astray by cleverly omitting key parts of a story is lying.

FROM THE BOQ: BUSINESS, POLITICS AND ETHICS #117

Another question from Gregory Stock’s book is this:

If you could stop all cigarette smoking by releasing a virus that would destroy every tobacco plant in the world, would you?

No.

FROM THE BOQ: BUSINESS, POLITICS AND ETHICS #116

Another question from Gregory Stock’s book is this:

Where you work, money is being collected for a lavish retirement party for someone you strongly dislike; you, of course, are expected to contribute your share.  How large a contribution request would it take to make you protest or refuse?

Because this person would be retiring, I’d never have to deal with him or her again.

With that in mind, no amount would be too large–provided of course that everyone else contributed the same.

STILL THE LEAST I CAN DO

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THE ESTABLISHMENT AND CONTINUED SUPPORT OF THE ZIONIST STATE (“ISRAEL”) IS AN ONGOING ATROCITY AGAINST THE ARAB PEOPLE AND AGAINST MUSLIMS, IN GENERAL.

FROM THE BOQ: BUSINESS, POLITICS AND ETHICS #115

Another question from Gregory Stock’s book is this:

Would you be willing to write a good character reference for an old friend you liked a lot but knew was undependable and a bit of a scoundrel?

No.

FROM THE BOQ: BUSINESS, POLITICS AND ETHICS #114

Another question from Gregory Stock’s book is this:

If you were financially ruined by someone who cleverly deceived and cheated you, would you be more interested in getting revenge or in putting your life back together?

If I were financially ruined by someone, I could not put my life back together until I got back what he/she had taken from me.  So I would have to get revenge–though not for the sake of revenge.


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