On knowing what is broken

preacherMore things are broken now than at any time in my life, and we talk about it less than ever before. We have turned the job over to comedians.

We also have Facebook now. Facebook encourages randomness and shallowness. It does nothing to encourage thoughtfulness. This morning I read a painful lament, and the next post was about celebrating a brand of flavored coffee.

Facebook is entitled to make the rules it lives by, but we do well to understand the overall effects of their practices on us. We are encouraged to be trivial, and we often accept the invitation.

Most employers are broken, and they share their pain with their employees. This relationship is never mentioned in conversations, or at staff meetings. In a recent post I suggested three books that can serve as guides for organizations that want to get well. In addition to the books they need someone like me to facilitate change from the perspective of an outsider.

Stormy Leigh

Stormy Leigh

Our distribution of wealth is broken. Many people cannot live on what they are paid for a full-time job. I talked to a young attorney yesterday who drives a car with 150,000 miles on it. He still has debt from attending law school, and he plans to skimp on the wedding he and his bride are planning.

The alarm I want to share in this post is that our rate of decline is accelerating. We must respond, and we must collaborate. And yes, the courage these days comes from women.

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