Civilizing the Economy A New Economics of Provision

The gods must be going crazy

Posted Mar 17, 2011 by Marvin Brown in Uncategorized, No Comments

Think about it.  First there was Tunisia and Egypt: courageous people protesting for human dignity and justice.  Without any religious flag waving, they were demanding the right to be free.  The gods must have been downright giddy.  And then came Libya, followed by Wisconsin, and then the Japanese earthquake, the tsunami, and the nuclear power plant crisis.  If that would not make the gods go crazy, I don’t know what would.

Have you ever felt out of control: like someone else was determining events; and these events appeared to violently clash with one another?  Thank god we are not gods.  As humans, we can recognize our fragility.  One day, we can be inspired by the courage and clarity of the people in Egypt, and the next worry about the mind-twisting tactics of the  Republicans in Wisconsin.

Ok, it’s true that the pictures of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan knocked us over.  It was more than we could take.  And Libya: the women marching in the streets to show us that they need our support.  It’s not easy being human.  Still, as humans, especially if we stay together, we can continue the struggle for justice.

I think the gods must be going insane.  If they were to take credit for the Egyptian revolution, can they take credit for Libya, or for the disaster in Japan?  Maybe they do some sort of detachment, and turn inside themselves.  “We are the gods,” they might say.  But what kind of god is that?  No, they must have been delirious over the non-violent revolution in Tunisia and Egypt, and crushed by the violence in Libya.

And Japan.  Earthquakes happen.  Tsunamis happen.  What can one do with Mother Nature?  Still, so much human sorrow.  So much sadness.  How can the earth be so violent to its children?

And then the release of radiation at the Fukushima nuclear plant.  The gods can, of course, blame us for our hubris.  They have done that since the beginning.  Nothing new there.  We face the same problems we have always faced.  But the gods, I think, they must be going crazy.


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Marvin T. Brown, Ph.D teaches business and organizational ethics at the University of San Francisco and Saybrook University in San Francisco.

This book is the culmination of 30 years of teaching and writing on business and society from a communicative perspective. Visit for more information.

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