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One of the most important traits you can attain: Mindfulness

Practicing Mindfulness

Before you can be Mindful, you need to know exactly what that means. Here’s my interpretation: removing selfishness, becoming aware how your actions affect the world. Now that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t care about yourself, you just need to be aware of what’s around you and how your actions or inactions affect other people. That’s it. It’s not about meditating, it’s not about religion. Read more →

Why aren’t ethics more important?

I was watching a typical animated family movie with my kids this weekend. It was called Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron. It had the typical evil humans, in this case the American revolutionists around the time where the railway was being built. And it had the innocent animals. 

The movie got you feeling that the humans had no right taming this wild horse. How could they claim ownership over such a beast? You catch a wild horse and then it’s yours? 

The people behind these movies really know how to play on emotions. They use ethics as main content for such a movie. Now most people in business have been subjected to movies such as these. Most people in business have to deal with ethical decisions all the time. My question is why aren’t ethics more important in business decisions? From childhood to adulthood, where does money become more important than what is right? Read more →

We can spend billions on war, why can’t we end poverty?

Today is Blog Action Day and us bloggers have been tasked to write about Poverty. Anything we want but it has to have some correlation to poverty. Now, when I started thinking on what to write about I couldn’t help but wonder why extreme poverty still exists in the world. Billions and billions of dollars are spent on war, why can we spend mere millions on ending poverty? There has been the Oxfam White Band campaign which has been and gone to end poverty. U2’s Bono has been asking every G8 country to forgive debt to third world countries that couldn’t possibly pay the millions back. I think all of this did help with awareness but really, we are in a state now. There is a financial collapse going on most likely ending up with more poverty. What else can we do?

“In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.”
— Confucius

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