Corporation

Corporation: (n) any group of persons united or regarded as united in one body.

There are two words that are similarly spelled, and also essential to one another if either is to become a reality:

Corporation; cooperation.

The problem comes when the pursuit of cooperation becomes bogged down with so many erroneous ideas and abstract opinions that it becomes impossible to land on a single plan that can be joyfully pursued by all.

Likewise, when a corporation begins to believe it doesn’t need the cooperation of all of its parts and labor, but instead, fosters the concept of “a chosen few,” funny wisdom on words that begin with a C
then the disgruntled workers will gradually grind the progress to a halt.

The goal is to get a corporation to cooperation, and once cooperation is present, unite within the corporation to achieve the goals.

Yet, as long as we identify ourselves in America by a color code of red, blue and purple; white, black, red and yellow; and pink and blue, we will never be able to have the cooperation to become the corporation that James Madison and the writers of the Constitution envisioned.

So what is the first step in gaining cooperation, lending itself to corporation?

Find the single highest goal and build up the ideas upon that premise—because they are in line and in purpose.

For the United States of America, the highest goal is freedom and justice.

For spirituality, the premise is “love your neighbor as yourself.”

And for business, it’s “making a better product for the customer.”

If we, as a country, would begin to form cooperation on this type of thinking, our corporation would begin to sprout with great promise, and both emotional and financial bounty.


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Contemporary

Contemporary: (adj) living or occurring at the same time.

“What is the opposite of contemporary?”

This question was posed to me once in an interview. I think the person conducting the inquiry was a bit upset because during the conversation I referred to “contemporary matters” as often being insufficient to human need.

I turned it around on my questioner. “What do YOU think the opposite is of contemporary?”

He didn’t miss a beat. “Old-fashioned.”

There is an instinct in this nation of the free and the home of the brave to try to turn every subject into a conflict in order to fill the space on a talk show which funny wisdom on words that begin with a Calready has too much chatter.

Old-fashioned is not the opposite of contemporary. There are many emotions and actions which might be considered old-fashioned, which if faithfully applied, would come across as very contemporary in our modern-day stand-offs.

  • Kindness
  • Consideration
  • Humor
  • Wit
  • Cleverness
  • Poetry
  • Satire

All of these are relics of the past which survive quite well when they’re given a new suit of clothes and paraded on the catwalk.

The opposite of contemporary is actually “untried”—ideas that have sprouted from nowhere, short-sighted and including only a part of humanity while promoting the preferences of a chosen few.

It will never be old-fashioned to be inclusive. It is a contemporary position.

It will never be old-fashioned to be considerate. It is a contemporary profile.

And it will never be old-fashioned to question power—especially when it seems the domination is being used to hurt other human beings.

That is merely contemporary action.

 

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