If, as I once read somewhere, the big questions are: 1. How was the world created? 2. Is there any will or meaning behind the world? Is there life after death? and 4. How ought we to live?, then as I've got older I've increasingly found number 4. by far the most interesting and important.
A professor and former dean at the Saïd Business School at Oxford University argued in a 2013 book that corporations should restructure around three key principles:
- First, articulate clear values: why does the company exist, and what does it believe in?
- Second, appoint “trustees” to protect the interests of stakeholders and uphold the values of the corporation.
- Third, restrict voting shares to long-term investors - and he also believes that governments should use the corporate tax system to encourage “public values by private corporations”.
The superior man understands what is right- the inferior man understands what will sell - Confucius
The present system of global cooperation is not working sufficiently. [We need to] look at all issues on the global agenda in a systemic, integrated and strategic way. We have to rethink our values- we are living together in a global society with many different cultures. We have to redesign our processes- how do we deal with the issues and challenges on the global agenda? - Klaus Schwab, founder World Economic Forum, 2010
The individual pursuit of happiness as defined by consumer culture still absorbs much of our time and energy, or else the threat of being shut out of this pursuit through poverty, unemployment, incapacity galvanises our efforts . . . and yet the sense that there is something more presses in. Great numbers of people feel it: in moments of reflection about their life- in moments of relaxation in nature- in moments of bereavement and loss- and quite wildly and unpredictably - Charles Taylor
The four cardinal virtues- courage (andreia), moderation (sophrosyne), wisdom (sophia) & justice (diksiosyne) are ordered by practical wisdom, realised by interaction within the world, the capacity for knowledge in action - Dave Snowden, KM Australia 2009 presentation
Does humanity only value thing in pounds, dollars and euros? Or can we get to a new era of value- one where our happiness, our ability to be creative and where the knowledge that you are working with Nature and not destroying the future of the next generation to come is given a value much greater than that which can reside in a bank account? - Mark Boyle, http://www.justfortheloveofit.org/blog.php?id=834
Within a generation, we in the West will become very familiar with Confucian values - Martin Jacques on the rise of China http://www.markvernon.com/friendshiponline/dotclear/index.php?post/2009…