Spirituality in the Workplace LO5413

Wed, 7 Feb 1996 07:52:04 -0500

Replying to LO5405 --

In a message dated 96-02-06 20:59:43 EST, you write:

>This also has been my experience. I do have another ingredient I would
>add -- that of commitment to ethical relationships with all involved in
>the business. The commitment to test every action and every utterance
>against the metric *fairness*. Customer, supplier, employee and investor
>must win -- must gain some of their fair due.


I like the piece you wrote on the Learning Org list on fairness and
religion. I think you said it well. Do you think that fairness is an
intuitive sense we all have like hearing and vision or is it socially
constructed or a little of both?..

Jesus said that it is easier for a camel to get through the eye of a
needle than for a rich man to get into heaven. Is there any truth to the
corrolary that to sell our soul to Mammon is the opposite of being
ethical. In other words, the only way we can get ahead is to find the loop
holes, create the short cuts to beat the competition which is starting
down the slippery slope of not being fair.

I guess in the last analysis we all have to struggle with what is more
important: the bottom line or justice. It is very clear to me that in our
American way of doing business it is the bottom line.Caveat Emptor.

Thanks again for your thoughts.

David Markham

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