What we need at the most fundamental level is a shift in worldview, grounded in a willingness to see more and exclude less. Instead, too many of us live in willful denial. As Paul Simon put it in the song “The Boxer,” “A man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest.”
But how, I find myself wondering, can we justify asking people to work full time yet not pay them enough to buy food for their families, much less live a reasonably comfortable life?
For years, I’ve listened to chief executives of large companies pay dutiful lip service to concepts like corporate social responsibility, investing in the communities they operate in, treating employees as their most precious asset and living their values. Mostly, it comes off as so much canned p. . .
There is a difference between mindfulness meditation and simple mindfulness. The latter isn’t a practice separate from everyday life. Mindfulness just means becoming more conscious of what you’re feeling, more intentional about your behaviors and more attentive to your impact on others.
“It’s getting really bad out here,” the CEO of a large food company told me last week over lunch. “The head of one of our divisions committed suicide last week. A day later we had a senior executive die of a heart attack. I see marriages breaking up, people screaming at each other, behaviors you . . .