Is the Wolf at Our Door? Ask Dr. Berry!

February is the birth month of two of our most influential Presidents, Washington and Lincoln. On this, the 1st day of February, it is probably appropriate to reflect for a few moments on the kind of America and society we want. Is it the America envisioned by Washington and Lincoln … or depicted in the “Wolf of Wall Street”?

If it is the American of Washington and Lincoln, you might enjoy reading Dr. Priscilla Berry’s new book, Fostering Spirituality in the Workplace: A Leader’s Guide to Sustainability

Otherwise, I think the movie is still playing.

“Corporation, n., An ingenious device for obtaining profit without individual responsibility.” Ambrose Bierce

“A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.” President Dwight David Eisenhower

The Wolf of Wall Street – is it simply a fictionalization or is it about who we really are?

If we celebrate winning at all costs, the first quote will serve us well. But as Jed Diamond said, ” The way we treat “them” is the way we ultimately treat ourselves.”

However, what if we adopt Eisenhower’s view instead?

Can we  as ourselves, our community, our nation or our world community afford to lose our principles and thus the privileges those principles bestow?

Can a government or business or religious institution survive if it does not have a moral or ethical commitment to those it wishes to serve?

If these two questions interest you, there’s a rather excellent book you might want to read by Dr. Priscilla Berry Click on this link. Preview the book. If you buy it, make sure you have a hi-liter ready. You’ll find something worthwhile remembering on almost every page.

I have an opportunity to read a lot these days. Dr. Berry’s book was my read of 2013.

In any event, on this the eve of Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday, I thought Dr. Berry’s book was worth bringing to your attention.



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