A Case for Compassionate Capitalism
Interestingly, a walk through the history of economy activities in America shows that pure Capitalism had never dominated the socio-political landscape for a long stretch of time. In fact it has been an intriguing battle between the government controlled mixed economy and free market Capitalism all along. Ronald Reagan was a strong supporter of the free market capitalism and introduced measures to reduce government control and taxes. Why hasn’t then Capitalism won its case convincingly across the globe and even in America and darwinized other economic systems – just as cell phones today are driving land-phones out of the market. Capitalism can create an enormous amount of aggregated wealth but also the disparity that provokes class warfare.
To our point, the downturn leaves a long lasting emotional scar and is perceived as the overall failure of Capitalism. Third, success of free market Capitalism relies on the doctrine that market is efficient in processing information and that all relevant information is readily available to everyone. Such exploitations give Capitalism the bad name that it promotes one’s accumulation of wealth at the expense of others’. In spite of all the criticism, Capitalism will stake its claim in creating wealth and improving living standards for more people in the society than has otherwise been possible. Corporate world will have to swear allegiance to a more compassionate form of capitalism – not only because it is their moral obligation to the society but also because their long run sustainability will depend on it.
Analyzing the action of firms that are strong advocate of Compassionate Capitalism, it is also observed that often their philanthropic activities take form of strategic alliance. To support the new world order Capitalism will have to embrace socialism.
God is good to bring us on a journey that includes friends that become like family along the way. In our quest to bring hope and help to America’s Gold Star families, there have been a few individuals that have also brought their businesses along for the ride. We met Chris Gannon because the Rebacks love fried chicken. At the time, Chris was managing a local PDQ franchise that his family owned. His family is of Outback Steakhouse, Carraba’s, Bonefish Grill, and PDQ fame.
Chris is one of the first people I called when I had this crazy idea of intersecting civilians and Gold Star families, and he jumped in with both feet. Chris and Tim Gannon have given us food for nearly every event, opened their homes, brought other corporations on board, and been more than just a promoter of Believe With methey have swung hammers and given of their talent, their time and effort as well. They have been eager to give back to America’s Gold Star families knowing that their success is because of the sacrifices of those who serve in our military. Chris leaves it on his mantle year round as a reminder that there are families all across this nation that have given their sons and daughters for our every freedom and opportunity. His understanding of serving and giving has been shaped by intersecting with our Gold Star familiesand our capacity to give back to those who have paid for our freedoms with their loved ones has been multiplied because of families like the Gannons.
So if you love our Gold Star families, then feel good about giving your hard earned money to restauranteurs like the Gannons. Have a bloomin’ onion and know that every time you do, you’re helping us give back to those who have given us their ALL. Consider Sharing to Support Gold Star Families.
Why Are People So Mean? Has The Internet Destroyed Empathy & Compassion? – Collective Evolution
After reading the story I felt a deep sense of sadness for the people involved in the tragedy, even shedding an empathetic tear thinking about how truly horrible it would have been to go through something like that. I was completely shocked by what some people had written. Something I’ve come to notice within my experience at Collective Evolution and with the world of the internet as a whole is the large sense of disconnect there seems to be between the people and their words. I’ve seen people say some pretty nasty things to one another in the comment sections, even personally attacking different writers of the CE team for articles that challenge their belief systems. Truth be told, the internet can be a treacherous world full of cynicism, harassment, and bullying, leaving many to feel hurt or offended by the unfiltered words of public.
You Can’t See Me So. For the most part, people don’t speak to one another in public as they do online, instead there is usually a mutual respect for someone else’s opinion and equal reciprocation within a conversation or debate. People are open and genuinely nice to each other, not slamming someone for having a certain belief. Many people are desensitizing their neural circuits to the horrors they see, while not getting much, if any, off-line training in empathic skills. When we lose sight of compassion and empathy, we are losing touch with what it means to be human, and essentially reality.
Lastly, the one tool that I believe will truly help anyone in their life is the use of empathy. Empathy means to really connect with and understand another person’s situation, feelings, or difficulties. If we all practiced bringing more empathy into our lives, the world would be a much better place for it.