Posts Tagged ‘truth’

A TIME FOR HEROES

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

I met with a new client this week, Susie Anthony. Susie is an amazing woman. She was highly successful in her early1154746963_e0eb5e94a6_o thirties, her success culminating with her working for the fifth wealthiest man in the world, a Japanese businessman who was also a Samurai. Working with him, Susie learned a great deal about business, the super wealthy and the ancient wisdom of Japan.  But what she primarily learned was that wealth and power, as attractive as they were, were not ultimately satisfying her soul or her sense of purpose. After a few years Susie  became  addicted not just to the glamour and wealth and power, but also to cocaine.

Susie’s first book, Map to God, explores her journey and explains what she calls “the code”. She approached me with the idea of writing The Super Hero Code which would include stories from fifty or more of the famous business people, actors and visionaries with whom she has worked in the last two decades, sharing their stories as examples of how each individual is, in essence, a hero with their own code which they have followed to reach success in their chosen field and in their life. (more…)

GOOD AND EVIL

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Nearly fifty years ago I was asked to write an essay about the nature of good and evil for the advanced placement exam to images-1determine if I might be able to skip introductory classes at college in Spanish language  when graduating from high school. The essay was to be written in Spanish and the purpose of the exam was to demonstrate my ability to write a coherent essay  in Spanish, not to evaluate my thinking about the true nature of good and evil. I  have literarily no memory of what I actually wrote though do remember the essay required me to reference the role of good and evil in some famous Spanish novels.

Lately I have been thinking a lot about  the  nature of good and evil.  On my radio shows discussing  The Power of Twelve I  am often asked how we should  deal with evil and what constitutes evil. On one level this seems a simple question. Evil is evil.  Evil is people hurting other people. School bullies are evil. Terrorists are evil.  Evil is people being selfish and putting their immediate desires and needs before those of others no matter the consequences to others or our planet. Greed is evil.  Sadism is evil.  Good is helping others. Good is being generous, kind, compassionate and sharing. We know what it means when our parents ask us to be good boys and girls. Do not create messes, do not disturb others, eat your vegetables.

But on closer inspection defining good and evil is not that  simple. Sometimes those who think they are doing  good are enabling evil. Sometimes those with evil intent perform heroic acts of bravery that seem good to those who believe  in  a particular ideology or cause that I  or you might deem evil. Very few people recognize themselves as evil. And few of us can  look at our lives and  not see that at least on occasion we may have acted in ways that might be considered evil. (more…)