Sunday, September 2, 2007

Does everybody matter? What about people within corporate America’s supply chains?

In our society, realistically, everyone does not matter. More specifically, in Western society only those who vote count, or rather those who vote on the right side matter. So, in a rough approximation (based on my cursory knowledge that roughly 50% of Americans vote and then 50% of that elect) 25% of Americans have a voice. So, no everyone does not matter.

Random Question Time
Was slavery right?

Random Question Answer
No. At least I hope that is your answer. But yet, slavery happened anyways.

So, how do we take this all in? We move on determined not repeat our mistakes. And to do this we must remember that just because something happened, or is happening, that doesn’t make it right. Everybody matters; everyone everywhere.

Immanuel Kant said “Do what is right, though the world may perish.” Kant was a very smart man. One who realized that every man has an intrinsic value that ought to be recognized. In this sense, to me, Kant was the ultimate in cosmopolitanism. The right thing to do might wreck society or wreck a business- but honestly what sort of business or world is it that a dose of morality would crumble it? Is that really something you would want to be a part of? I don’t.

But how do we get out of this world and into the ideal one I have imagined where all are equal? I don’t think we can, realistically. But we can slowly stand up for what we believe, in fair pay and fair commerce and the sort. And maybe, just maybe, we can slowly change the minds of those who the 25% elected.

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