J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 05-31-2018

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. 

Keywords: [“government”,”market”,”Capitalism”]
Source: https://dasarnab.wordpress.com/…/a-case-for-compassionate-capitalism

Compassionate Capitalism

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. 

Keywords: [“family”,”Star”,”Gold”]
Source: https://believewithme.com/2017/04/24/compassionate-capitalism

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. 

Keywords: [“people”,”someone”,”empathy”]
Source: http://www.collective-evolution.com/2014/05/08/why-are-people-so-mean-has…

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 05-10-2018

Socialism, Once in Power, Outlaws It

Socialism on the other hand has no checks and balances against greed. Socialism therefore cannot produce a people who are free to be compassionate. Although socialism is viewed as compassion, it doesn’t allow room for compassionate giving because by definition, under a socialist system, there shouldn’t be any need for anyone to have to give compassionately. Socialism has to keep people poor in order to justify its own existence. Socialism strips the individual of their right to own private property. 

To give freely is treasonous because, in theory, under socialism there is no need for people to be compassionate. Unlike compassionate capitalism, compassionate socialism cannot exist. It’s an oxymoron because socialism as absolute economic law only has what it’s taken from the people; it has no capital outside what socialism has taken without compassion; creating no real margin of abundance for individuals to give compassionately from. The Bible does not preach or foster socialism as an absolute economic law or morality. Socialism has no room and sees no need for compassion once it holds power. 

The socialist only sees the capitalist as his or her enemy, upholding socialism religiously, without opposition. Socialism is seen as true compassion and therefore the only compassion anyone truly needs. 

Keywords: [“Socialism”,”give”,”compassionate”]
Source: https://www.xyz.net.au/capitalism-needs-compassion-socialism-power…

Blue Print for How to Build A Culture of Empathy?

We’d like to come up with a blueprint for building a culture of empathy and compassion. The more empathy you receive, the more space you have to give it. Develop training that deepens the individual components of empathy. Change all social institutions to actively support empathy. Go to the pain, suffering, fear, alienation with awareness, presence and empathy. 

Have TV moderators using empathy to bring people together. I take heart that there are many people bringing forward empathy. Local level with skilled moderators, who want to get people heard. Want to talk with peoples who’s letters confused me. I don’t understand this lack of empathy around the world. 

This group used reflective listening to deepen empathy for each person. Edwin told story of visiting Tea Party and Republican State convention to talk with participants about the role of empathy in their lives. 

Keywords: [“Empathy”,”people”,”Culture”]
Source: http://cultureofempathy.com/Projects/How-To-Build-Empathy/index.htm

Halcyonic by HTML5 UP

This is Halcyonic, a free site template by AJ for HTML5 UP. It’s responsive, built on HTML5 + CSS3, and includes 5 unique page layouts. Yes! Halcyonic is built on the Skel framework, so it has full responsive support for desktop, tablet, and mobile device displays. Halcyonic is licensed under the CCA 3.0 license, so use it for personal or commercial use as much as you like. 

Duis neque nisi, dapibus sed mattis quis, rutrum accumsan sed. Suspendisse vitae magna eget odio amet mollis justo facilisis quis. Sed sagittis mauris amet tellus gravida lorem ipsum. What We Do A subheading about what we do Sed mattis quis rutrum accum. What People Are Saying And a final subheading about our clients. 

Keywords: [“sed”,”quis”,”Halcyonic”]
Source: http://www.copyblogwriter.com/compassionate_capitalism_how_corporations…

Culture of the New Capitalism

The distinguished sociologist Richard Sennett surveys major differences between earlier forms of industrial capitalism and the more global, more febrile, ever more mutable version of capitalism that is taking its place. Only a certain kind of human being can prosper in unstable, fragmentary institutions: the culture of the new capitalism demands an ideal self oriented to the short term, focused on potential ability rather than accomplishment, willing to discount or abandon past experience. Richard Sennett teaches sociology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the London School of Economics. His recent publications include The Corrosion of Character and Respect in a World of Inequality. 

Keywords: [“Sennett”,”more”,”how”]
Source: https://yalebooks.yale.edu/book/9780300119923/culture-new-capitalism

The Compassionate Librano

On the prowl sort of whereas an Alligator is any woman out there ready to devour or destroy the reputation, livelihood and well being of any male she has her sights on – without due course, due diligence, due evidence, or due process. We’re due they, the radical feminists, were due to say. No more holding the door open, paying for dinner, compliments, drinks or whatever. I would belch, fart, grunt, swear, and scratch my ass – wiggle me nuts – tell dirty jokes, well perhaps not, and – y’know all of those things that define a male – in front of you. I would think twice about working with a woman because you just never know. 

No defence, no evidence, just hearsay and buddy you are screwed. 

Keywords: [“due”,”well”,”woman”]
Source: http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/2018/01/the-compassiona-2.html

UPC’s Seventh Annual Conscious Eating Conference: What are the Most Compassionate Choices?

You are cordially invited to attendUnited Poultry Concerns’ Seventh Annual Conference. Conference Synopsis: United Poultry Concerns’ 7th Annual Conscious Eating Conference brings expert speakers to Berkeley, California to share their ideas about the best food choices we can make for the planet, ourselves, and other animals. We will explore the ethics of eating and the effect of agriculture on animals and the planet, and why it matters. 20 pre-registration for all others, $30 at the door the day of the event. Food: Registration includes a continental breakfast of vegan pastries & fruit, delicious vegan lunch, and all-day coffee & tea. 

Keywords: [“Conference”,”vegan”,”animals”]
Source: http://upc-online.org/forums/2018

The C word

Bill Gates recently gave a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos. The idea is this: the increase in standards of living brought by capitalism mainly benefit the rich, so companies should put more effort into developing products and services for the poor. Both these bargains are bound up with capitalism, which is centred not on the free market or the accumulation of wealth, but instead on the idea of false choice. Yes, you may buy from or work for a number of companies, but they are all motivated by the same desires and thus, really, you only have one choice. 

Keywords: [“capitalism”,”companies”,”Creative”]
Source: https://maryrosecook.com/blog/post/the-c-word-2

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 04-08-2018

Against Empathy

Most people see the benefits of empathy as too obvious to require justification. This reaction surprised me at first, but I’ve come to realize that taking a position against empathy is like announcing that you hate kittens-a statement so outlandish it can only be a joke. In general, empathy serves to dissolve the boundaries between one person and another; it is a force against selfishness and indifference. Most people see the benefits of empathy as akin to the evils of racism: too obvious to require justification. Empathy is biased; we are more prone to feel empathy for attractive people and for those who look like us or share our ethnic or national background. In light of these features, our public decisions will be fairer and more moral once we put empathy aside. One sees a similar contrast in ongoing experiments led by Singer and her colleagues in which people are either given empathy training, which focuses on the capacity to experience the suffering of others, or compassion training, in which subjects are trained to respond to suffering with feelings of warmth and care. Finally, one decisive test of the low-empathy-makes-bad-people theory would be to study a group of people who lack empathy but also lack the other traits associated with psychopathy. Despite their empathy deficit, such people show no propensity for exploitation and violence. They often measure empathy through self-report, so you don’t know whether you are assessing actual empathy as opposed to the degree to which people see themselves, or want to be seen, as empathetic. Still, given laboratory findings showing that inducing empathy increases the likelihood of altruistic behaviors, it would be wrong to dismiss empathy’s role in our moral lives. Unlike emotions such as fear and disgust, which are often elicited by experiences and inanimate beings, empathy and anger are mainly geared toward other people.

Keywords: [“empathy”,”other”,”people”]
Source: http://bostonreview.net/forum/paul-bloom-against-empathy

The Problem with ‘Compassionate Conservatism’

Nobody in Washington talks much about the poor in America these days, even though they are more and more with us in the economic aftermath of the Great Recession. He wants everyone to understand that he is seeking to figure out the problems faced by poor folks and how he can help. The Bush gang dropped that gimmick well before they entered the White House, and it was never glimpsed again. Whenever a Republican spouts kinder, gentler, compassionate-conservative babble, the vaunted cynicism of the capital press corps gets washed away in a warm bath of credulity. Just to be clear, there is nothing new in Ryan’s perspective on poverty, which is impoverished indeed when set next to the outlook of his late mentor Jack Kemp, who became a conservative icon in Congress before he joined the cabinet as secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Although Kemp belatedly recognized the role of government in alleviating poverty, Ryan and the current crop of Republicans in Washington talk about volunteerism, charity and spirituality as the only legitimate ways to address social problems – while all government support for the poor must be slashed or eliminated, as prescribed by their budget. It was nonsense then and it remains that way, because the volume of private charity in America is utterly dwarfed by the government programs that preserve the poor from starvation. If he truly does care, Ryan could lift up America’s poorest simply by stifling his persistent urges to kill the minimum wage, reduce the earned-income tax credit, cut food stamps, wreck Medicaid or carry out any of the dozens of destructive schemes that are, in his perverse outlook, meant to help. He could rid himself and his party of the rancid notion that there is something morally wrong with families surviving below the poverty line beyond the persistent dearth of decent jobs.

Keywords: [“Ryan”,”poor”,”Bush”]
Source: http://billmoyers.com/2013/11/22/the-problem-with-compassionate-conservatism

Is Capitalism Compatible with the Christian Faith?

Like Steve Mahle, brought objects like the sample Medtronic defibrillator and pacemaker shown here. All engaged the fellows in discussion and conversation about business, a subject the fellows readily agreed was not something they knew much about. In 2013 the Collegeville Institute initiated the Collegeville Institute Fellows Program, designed to recapture a once vibrant idea of the religious leader as public, or civic, leader, but to do so in informed partnership and conversation with other leaders from areas such as business, health care, criminal justice, social services, and education. This initiative forms peer groups of 12 accomplished pastors, who are five to 15 years out of seminary. The group meets eight times over a period of 22 months. The group meets regularly with, and learns from, leaders of other professions who have a strong interest in contributing to the fabric of public life in our state. The program has not staked out advocacy positions concerning particular public issues, but helps clergy speak from an informed position about complex matters, and exercise practical wisdom in their roles as public leaders. We encourage these religious leaders to look for solutions to the challenge of employment in Minnesota but we want them to act only when they have a firm grasp of the complex issues that impact the labor force and the business community. The first fellows cohort concluded in the summer of 2015 and was judged by participants, presenters, and national funders to be a remarkable success. Religious leaders who participated in the program returned to their home congregations and developed programs attending to such issues as transportation, downtown development, remedial education programs, and teen homelessness. The second cohort of religious leaders from the Twin Cities region is nearly at the halfway mark.

Keywords: [“leader”,”Program”,”fellows”]
Source: https://collegevilleinstitute.org/news/capitalism-compatible…

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 02-02-2018

A Flaw in Capitalism

In our capitalist system, people work, get paid an amount of money for these services, exchange goods and get paid for that exchange. If you reduce your workers salary, again, there’s less earnings to buy the goods you make. If you eliminate workers, or produce more by being efficient, there’s more goods to buy for the same amount of available earnings, so you’re still screwed. Finally, the late 1800’s and early 1900’s brought the first major backlashes against this sort of capitalism and introduced the labour union which fundamentally changed the way capitalism worked. Our technology allows production to continue with fewer workers, but fewer workers means fewer people to buy those goods – and with so many layoffs and earnings reductions in order to preserve profits, workers are frightened to spend. Normally, the government would create work projects and pump money into the public’s hands to buy goods and get the economy running again, but they don’t have the money. Now, Let’s Go Global Ok, remember a while back I noted that the way countries have dealt with their surplus goods by dumping them onto unsuspecting non-tech countries in exchange for raw materials at cut-rate prices? That worked well while most of the world was non-tech and generally not capitalist. We have goods and services, we’re not poor – but we can’t seem to sell enough to make a profit, and more and more people are losing work and not having enough to survive. In most countries it represents the percentage of people who are elegible for social support while looking for work who aren’t employed. In the 1800’s, employment was close to 90% of the population – everyone worked in some capacity to earn either goods or earnings to buy goods. What’s happening to workers today is almost exactly what happened to workers 100 years ago. Free market capitalism suffers from the same flaw, oddly, as socialism: greed means that people won’t play by the rules.

Keywords: [“work”,”earn”,”good”]
Source: http://www.vargr.com/pages/stories/images/markets.html

Conscious Capitalism Movement

Conscious Capitalism is a global movement co-founded by John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market and Raj Sisodia, Ph.D., renowned author and business leader. With membership around the world made up of companies like Trader Joes, Costco, Panera and Southwest Airlines, Conscious Capitalism is a way of thinking about capitalism and business that better reflects where we are in the human journey, the state of our world today, and the innate potential of business to make a positive impact on the world. Conscious Capitalism builds on the foundations of Capitalism – voluntary exchange, entrepreneurship, competition, and free trade. While most recognize that these are essential to a healthy economy, Conscious Capitalism also includes the critical elements of trust, compassion, and collaboration. The Conscious Capitalism movement challenges business leaders to re-think why their organizations exist and to acknowledge their companies’ roles in the interdependent global marketplace. Conscious businesses focus on their purpose beyond profit. Conscious Businesses provide us with this sense of meaning and purpose. Unlike some businesses that believe they only exist to maximize return on investment for their shareholders, Conscious Businesses focus on their whole business ecosystem, creating and optimizing value for all of their stakeholders, understanding that strong and engaged stakeholders lead to a healthy, sustainable, resilient business. Conscious Business is a win-win-win proposition, which includes a healthy return to shareholders. A Conscious Culture fosters love and care and builds trust between a company’s team members and its other stakeholders. Conscious Culture is an energizing and unifying force, that truly brings a Conscious Business to life. Conscious Leaders focus on “We”, rather than “Me.” They inspire, foster transformation and bring out the best in those around them.

Keywords: [“Conscious”,”business”,”Capitalism”]
Source: http://ccsandiego.org/conscious-capitalism-movement

Compassion over empathy could help prevent emotional burnout

Training people to be compassionate rather than empathic might help to solve problems such as depression, burnout and narcissism, according to Tania Singer at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences. Singer is an expert in social neuroscience and investigates the neuronal, hormonal and developmental foundations of human social cognition, including emotions such as empathy, compassion, envy and fairness. Speaking at DLD Women in Munich, she first outlined the difference between emotional contagion, empathy and compassion. In order for it to be empathy a person would have to see that another was in pain and share that pain, while knowing that it’s not their own emotion. Empathy isn’t intrinsically good and pro-social. For Singer, empathy is “a precursor to compassion, but too much of it can lead to antisocial behaviour”. Brain scans have shown that similar areas of the brain are activated both in the person who suffers and the one who feels empathy. In order to avoid this, we need to transform empathy into compassion. Compassion is a feeling of pity or a warm, caring emotion that does not involve feeling, say, sadness if the other person is sad. In order to better understand compassion, Singer has studied Buddhist monks – renowned for being experts in “Pro-social” meditation and compassion. As a result, Singer is working on a study to help people learn to become more compassionate. In the early stages of training, participants seem to show more empathy, but with more training this shifts so that their brain activity more closely resembles the expert meditators’. She concluded: “People with a lot of empathy want to change that to compassion so they don’t get overwhelmed when confronted with suffering.” She added that she was launching a training programme in schools to help students learn how to cope with negative emotions and reduce their own stress.

Keywords: [“empathy”,”compassion”,”Singer”]
Source: http://www.wired.co.uk/article/tania-singer-compassion-burnout