“We all dream of a kinder, happier world. But if we wish to make it a reality, we have to ensure that compassion inspires all our actions. This is especially true with regard to our political and economic policies. Given that probably half the world’s population lacks the basic necessities of adequate food, shelter, medical care and education, I believe we need to question whether we are really pursuing the wisest course in this regard.
“I think not.
“If it seemed likely that after another fifty years of carrying on as we are, we could definitely eradicate poverty, perhaps our present inequity of wealth distribution could be justified. Yet, on the contrary, if present trends continue, it is certain that the poor will get poorer. Our basic sense of fairness and justice alone suggests that we should not be content to let this happen.
“. . . I find it hard to avoid the conclusion that the wealth of the rich is maintained through neglect of the poor, especially by means of international debt.
“. . . A sense of universal responsibility is crucial . . . [in] the application of economic policy.
“. . .[T]he relationship between empathy and profit is necessarily a fragile one. Still, I do not see why it should not be possible to have constructive competition. The key factor is the motivation of those engaged in it. When the intention is to exploit or destroy others, then clearly the outcome will not be positive.
“Again it may be objected that the reality of commerce is such that we cannot realistically expect businesses to put people before profits. But here we must remember that those who run the world’s industries and businesses are human beings too. Even the most hardened would surely admit that it is not right to seek profits regardless of consequences . . . [W]hat is required is that each of us develops our compassionate nature. The more we do so, the more commercial enterprise will come to reflect basic human values.” — the Dalai Lama
(Above are “Politics and Economics” excerpts from the Dalai Lama’s book, “Ethics For The New Millennium“
(I’d like to see a code of ethics voluntarily adopted world-wide where unethical (and immoral) firms could be reported to a “Better Business Bureau” that could recommend sanctions through a global type of “Angie’s List.” (See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angie’s_List) — Contoveros)