Author’s new book “Compassionate Capitalism” receives a warm literary welcome
Readers’ Favorite is one of the largest book review and award contest sites on the Internet. They have earned the respect of renowned publishers like Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Harper Collins, and have received the “Best Websites for Authors” and “Honoring Excellence” awards from the Association of Independent Authors. They are also fully accredited by the BBB, which is a rarity among Book Review and Book Award Contest companies. It is an idea that society needs, but seems to always to be ignored because one of the ways capitalism is defined is greed; and greed is the problem with the current system. Greed is ruining our system and it’s going to take a concerted effort from the bottom and the top to solve this problem, and prevent our economy and our country from running off the rails. Everybody appreciates the benefits of capitalism here in America. Most of us just want those benefits to spread to all segments of society instead of just the top one percent. This book looks at our system as well as others, and suggests ways we can spread the wealth and make it work for everyone. “Compassionate Capitalism: The Intersection of Economic Growth and Social Justice is a serious look at how humanity handles wealth, security, survival, and business. This book takes a hard look at these issues, but it is written in a way that is easy to read and understand. I am not an economic expert, but I have thought about these issues and I could follow Gerard L. Hasenhuettl’s thinking on the subject and learned a lot as I read his words. The ideas are big, but simple. The solutions are elegant, but ultimately profound. Everything is organized and laid out in a way that keeps moving the reader forward. This may be a very important book.” Charlotte was a key member of two communications teams I led at Honeywell. Her analytical approach, innovative thinking and commitment to excellence were recognized and appreciated throughout Honeywell.
Grace, Mercy and Compassion
“Left with an unknowing dependence on grace in the instant of an arising desire, we very often truly do not know what to do. As frustrating and painful as the dilemma may be, there is a real beauty in it. It is precisely at those times of not knowing that we are most alive in realizing our need for grace.” “All human nature vigorously resists grace because grace changes us and the change is painful.” ’tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,and grace will lead me home. Compassion differs from mercy in that compassion is about an emotional connection. “Compassion asks us to go where it hurts, to enter into the places of pain, to share in brokenness, fear, confusion, and anguish. Compassion challenges us to cry out with those in misery, to mourn with those who are lonely, to weep with those in tears. Compassion requires us to be weak with the weak, vulnerable with the vulnerable, and powerless with the powerless. Compassion means full immersion in the condition of being human.— Henri Nouwen.”I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice. Mercy definition: Mercy is compassionate action or treatment; relief from distress; a tendency from personal character to act compassionately; to be ruthful, to show forbearance or kindness. In Scripture and in the Christian faith, mercy means the giving of grace to people who don’t deserve it. Mercy is grace’s effect on justice, and thus it is another side of justice. Through grace and mercy, God offers those who do wrong a new chance to get it right, or at least better, a new opportunity to follow Christ. Mercy is limited only by justice, which in this context is a limit to mercy for someone(s) in order that there be mercy for the rest. The word is of a piece with grace, in that God shows mercy in abundance and without cost. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from Him.
The “Compassion” Racket
Our hearts automatically go out to the people of Florida, who are being battered by a series of hurricanes in rapid succession. Every year, politicians get to parade their compassion by showering the taxpayers’ money on the places that have been struck. First of all, not as many people would build homes in the path of a well-known disaster that comes around like clockwork virtually every year. His father warned him of the danger but an architect pointed out that the government would pick up the tab if anything happened to his house. Still later, the waves came in again, and this time took out the whole house. In politics, throwing the taxpayers’ money at disasters is supposed to show your compassion. The crucial fact is that a society does not have one dime more money to devote to the resources available to help victims of natural disasters by sending that money through government agencies. Even if most insurance companies are unwilling to insure people living in particularly vulnerable areas, or living in homes that are inadequate to withstand hurricane-force winds, there are always insurers who specialize in high risks – and who charge correspondingly higher premiums. If rich people want to put their mansions at risk, there is no reason why they shouldn’t pay the costs, instead of forcing the taxpayers to pay those costs. As with so many government programs that people have come to rely on, phasing out state and federal disaster relief programs would not be easy. Whether the risks are hurricanes, earthquakes, floods or forest fires, people who have gotten themselves out on a limb by taking risks in the expectation that the government will bail them out can be gradually weaned away from that expectation by phasing out disaster relief. The alternative is to keep on forcing taxpayers to be patsies forever, while politicians bask in the glow of the compassion racket by throwing the taxpayers’ money hither and yon, while the media applaud the courage of those who rebuild in the path of known disasters.