I don't remember the exact quote, but it comes from the ghost of Jacob Marley--(in Dickens' A Christmas Carol). He is talking to Scrooge, and when Scrooge tells Marley his punishment certainly can't be just because he was such a good business man, Marley retorts:
"Mankind was my business!"
. . . then he goes on, and tells Scrooge (and the rest of us) that mankind is his (and ours) business as well.
If Mankind is my business, why do I spend so much time on business and so little on the "mankind" I care most about? This thought occurred to me as I drove away from my home and family at 7:00am again this Saturday to my MBA classes. And for what? . . .to better my career? . . . to improve my earning potential? . . .to be better at business?
Or. . . is there something deeper to my education? Maybe my MBA interactions ARE the "business of mankind". Maybe every day with every person--business or personal--is a day of "the business of mankind." I think it can be, depending on the way I interact.
When I feel the urge to step out of the mindset of 'the business of mankind', I can do the kindest thing you can imagine. When I feel anger, and wish to place blame, I can take blame. When I feel upset, I can use kindness to defuse my own emotions.
It's been said that there are two kinds of truths in the world: the kind of truth that builds people up, and the kind of truth that tears people down. May I always be cognizant of the truth I share.
One Bad Apple
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