Signpostings

Relationships in a World of Individualism

  • rWorld

    The rWorld is about more than Dale Kuehne's book Sex and the iWorld.
    The rWorld is a New England based, non-profit (in formation), that is composed of a growing number of people and organizations from many faith and ideological backgrounds worldwide. We believe that much of the fulfillment for which women and men are looking can be found by enhancing the quality of our relationships. While the individual freedom we enjoy in the West is a gift, the love and intimacy for which humans yearn will not be found in self-serving materialism or hedonism, but in a variety of healthy relationships.

    Contact us if you'd like get involved:
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  • Dale Kuehne

    Sex & the iWorld

    Professor of Politics and The Richard L. Bready Chair for Ethics, Economics, and the Common Good at Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH.

    In this blog I'm highlighting signposts of the world in which we presently reside as a means of helping promote a civil, and meaningful dialogue about what kind of world in which we wish to live. I am particularly interested in exploring how might we reconcile the individual good and the common good, and where reconciliation isn’t possible, which should take precedence and why.

    I also blog at Sharewik.com

    [Content Caution]

It Could Be Worse

Posted by Dale Kuehne on February 18, 2010

Training video for corporate executives and managers

http://despair.com/complaints.html

To laugh or to cry, that is the question.

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2 Responses to “It Could Be Worse”

  1. Lauren Fithian said

    From the Despair.com website: “Psychology tells us that motivation-true, lasting motivation-can only come from within. Common sense tells us it can’t be manufactured or productized. So how is it that a multi-billion dollar industry thrives through the sale of motivational commodities and services? Because in our world of instant gratification, people desperately want to believe that there are simple solutions to complex problems. And when desperation has disposable income, market opportunities abound. At Despair, Inc. we believe motivational products create unrealistic expectations, raising hopes, only to dash them.”
    E.L. Kersten, Ph.D., Founder and COO of Despair, Inc. A whole website devoted to satire and sarcasm aimed at the “Motivational” industry. Many of those folks certainly deserve it too! One of my personal favorites for motivational absurdity and insult is Rhonda Byrnes’ The Secret. According to Byrnes, all anyone has to do is think positively and specifically enough and happiness and, more importantly, wealth, will be theirs. In her world, the poor, sick and downtrodden have brought it on themselves by thinking negative thoughts. She literally advises us not to visit friends with cancer because it will bring bad energy to us. This type of “Don’t worry , be happy” philosophy is arrogant, insensitive and insulting. It’s different from the idea presented in yesterday’s U2 quote that it may be possible to find good and happiness even when not everything is going right for us.

    The Despair.com “Complaints” video, however, illustrates an additional phenomenon–the employer treating employees with utter disdain and disrespect in mis-guided obeisance to the bottom line. The employees in that video are not looking for happiness at work or even better pay. They are seeking the simplest of human dignities that should have been accorded to them. It’s funny in the way an episode of The Office is funny. Tragic comedy?

  2. Heh. Great video. Their posters are good also.

    I will be going down to Camp Lejeune to visit Son #3 and seeing William and Mary on the way back, so I doubt I’ll comment over the next ten days. Nothing personal. I’ll be reading actual books, just like the old days.

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