Arrogance, Greediness, Fear – Oh My!
If the economy isn’t improving, neither is the stuff of the headlines. Downsizings are bad enough: some can’t be helped and some are probably long overdue if the company is to achieve adequate productivity. It’s the ones where the golden parachutes are opening and nothing’s trickling down the food chain that sadden me. And of course there’s always Bernie Madoff. And Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. And the suicides – German billionaire speculator Adolf Merckle the latest. Gordon Gekko must be chortling in his celluloid grave.
Arrogance, greediness, fear – oh my! The lions and tigers and bears that threaten to bring our world to collapse are on the prowl.
They are a cycle because they are cut of the same cloth: the greedy denial of reality, the arrogant illusion that you are the only one of importance in the world. You can’t have the infantile arrogance and greediness without the fear that leads to worse and worse decisions. And the evidence says it’s rampant in what e think of as our leaders.
Arrogance, greediness, fear: it’s always a down cycle when these rule. The things that go bump in the night reside inside. Time to out them.