The Corporate Conundrum

In Western Christian belief a baby is born in sin. Right off the bat the child has two strikes against him and the only hope for the kid is that before he strikes out and ends up in hell he finds personal salvation. In the Eastern Zen Buddhist belief a baby is born pure and learns to be evil because of the hellishness in the world. His salvation comes from self realization.

I follow the Eastern Way. I believe that in the right circumstances all people are capable of committing heroic deeds, but in the wrong circumstances all people are quite capable of propagating all forms of evil upon themselves as well as their fellows.

Take war for instance. War is evil personified and yet men swarm to it like beetles skittering to a dog turd. Take an incident like 911 when the towers went down. We would have a hard time counting the heroics that took place that day as strangers died trying to save other strangers while a whole country mourned openly.

It seems humans are at their best when there is a catastrophe in the making. It behooves us all then to make good choices for ourselves as we seem to be directly affected by the circumstances we find ourselves in.

The conundrum: How can people be so good individually while at the same time be so bad corporately? How can the bank be cold and aloof as it forecloses on your home when it is filled with warmhearted individuals? How can a doctor dedicated to healing turn away a patient just because their insurance denied the claim? How could the insurance company deny said claim to begin with knowing the person would die without treatment? What’s up with this?

Fact is the corporation has become an entity far more important than the individual it was created to serve. We created these monsters out of brick and stone. We gave them names. We gave them life. We bowed down before them. We serve them.

We are no different than our Aztec fathers who offered human sacrifice to the sun god upon the alter at the Great Pyramid of Tenochtitlan. How’d that work for them? How’s it working for us? Time for a change don’t you think?

What would happen if we pulled the plug on this bullshit and began to manifest the greatness and the empathy we possess . . . to ourselves, to each other, as well as the Earth we live on? Wouldn’t that be a novel idea?

That simple and direct act alone would create great change in this world. That is something we can all do right now by simply taking ourselves and our families back to a time before the corporation stole our humanity.

Nobody here is advocating a jungle hut in the Amazon. We can still have our businesses. We can still have nice stuff. This could all be done simply by getting smart and putting more focus on the human being and far less on the corporation monster. . . . It’s all about us, not them.

The earth is screaming for balance and we can give it to her by fighting back against the polluters and every corporate entity that refuses to go green. Not by getting involved in the commercial yuppy faddy way with all its bullshit slogans and PR . . . but by taking a real and honest effort to go green and begin to put the earth first in everything we do.

All we really have to do is ignore the corporation and not buy it’s product. Use businesses that care, deny those that don’t. The bottom line for any corporation can no longer be their profit margin.

Find the companies that believe as we do, and even if it costs a few more bucks to buy their product isn’t it worth it? . . . Humanity first! Earth first! What’s so hard about that?

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4 comments

  1. Alex Jones

    There are certain things I agree with your article on, but others I wish to make points about:

    1. The belief that a baby is born evil is not a Western belief, but a Christian belief that exists wherever Christians are found, which is both in the East and West. I am influenced by the beliefs of a Western belief system of the Celts, this does not believe the baby is born evil, nor does it particularly believe in the concept of good and evil.

    2. War is a natural part of nature. If you go into nature you will see the struggle and fighting, everything fighting for life, death-life always in the balance. Heraclitus says “strife is justice” which is to say that through war everything becomes.

    3. The examples of the corporate you refer to as negative, are in fact the nature of those types of corporate, whose purpose is to make a profit. There are other types of corporate which should, and many do, work for the benefit of their stakeholders, for instance Mondragon Cooperative in the Basque nation.

    I agree with you that the individual has the power of choice to support those groups, individuals and activities that offer a sustainable harmony with nature and society leading to prosperity.

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  2. jjwalters

    OK . . . I will change west to Christian because I agree with you on that one. . . .
    As to warfare being a natural state? Your half right. Given that in order to survive it sometimes means you must fight and kill an aggressor, (as in a home or land invasion). . . but warfare as a whole, especially in this day and age? No, nothing natural about it. . . war is an abomination, it happens because of corruption in the human condition. This is something that needs to change. . . .

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  3. pilgrimofcognition

    I agree how to reveal that the moment humans form a corporation, it behaves as an inhumane profit oriented entity. And yes, it is ideal to boycott such ventures. But how will we recognize companies which are to be boycotted?
    Also not every product has a green alternative- more over these alternatives are double the price, not a few bucks more!

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  4. jjwalters

    I know some people are doing it, but I haven’t figured it out completely yet.

    I know there are companies out there that care, but not how many . . .

    on a personal level, I just backed up a whole lot and quit buying things. Sold a big house on a lake and built a small one in the woods, quit borrowing from banks and only use one credit card that I pay off immediately. . . buy local and do a drive by on Walmart . . .

    I suppose each person has to do what they can . . .

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