A Voice Cries Out: What's Wrong with Business and Industry?
Has it, after all, contributed to a better modern world, or - ?
of MASS DESTRUCTION threaten to erase human life from the earth! What
part have business and industry played in the modern society that now
stands on the brink of human extinction?
when we look at modern business, industry and commerce we find the
spectacle of modern development that excites enraptured admiration.
Or has this facet of civilization contributed to the CAUSE of humanity's plight today?
a Lincoln, a Vanderbilt or an Emerson could come back to life today, he
would gasp in amazed wonderment at the astonishing development of
modern business and industry!
amazing development of the telephone, motion picture in full color,
radio, television, motor car, mammoth oil tankers, jet planes,
spacecraft hurtling men around the earth in 90 minutes, men traveling
to the moon and back, unmanned spacecraft transmitting close-up
pictures of the Martian surface to earth, the incredible modern
computers and almost every conceivable technical business machine, as
well as modern mass industrial production and modern sales and
distribution systems - all this would cause men of a short hundred
years ago to gasp in awe!
What AMAZING PROGRESS AND DEVELOPMENT!
and industry is a world within a world - a fast moving, pulsating world
of high-geared activity. Surely all these magic advancements could in
no way have contributed to the EVILS that face our world today?
not. But if we look deeper we find in this facet of society the same
evils that have CAUSED humanity's debacle today. We find these vibrant,
high-pressure fields of activity motivated by self-seeking competition
and greed. And too often, in selling ad marketing products, the sales
appeal has been to vanity and wrong desires, utilizing dishonesty,
misrepresentation, deception, unfair dealing. The motivating incentive
is to "GET" - give less while charging more.
are basics to life we usually do not look deeply enough to see. There
are, basically, only the two broad ways of life. They travel in
opposite directions. I state them very simply. The one is LOVE, meaning
out flowing concern for the good of others, cooperation, serving,
sharing. I term it "GIVE." The opposite way to which this world is
drawn is "GET."
an ad-club luncheon back in 1910 I heard a speaker ring out with
emphasis, "Competition, NOT COOPERATION, is the life of trade today!"
We all seemed to believe that then.
But later, my wise "Ben Franklin" uncle, Frank Armstrong, then leading advertising man in Iowa, explained it to me differently.
value of business conventions," he observed, "lies in COOPERATION.
Jones has used a new idea that reduces costs. He shares his experience,
and all profit - none is hurt. Smith tells how he increased sales and
distribution into new markets. All profit by his experience - none is
human nature simply doesn't see it that way. That's the way the Creator
designed it - but humans differ with Him who said, "It is more blessed
to GIVE than to receive." Unfortunately that has been regarded as
impractical idealism. Yet EVERY EVIL IN TODAY'S SICK, SICK WORLD HAS
BEEN CAUSED BY THE "GET" MOTIVE - self-advantage at the cost of others,
vanity, coveting, lust and greed - envy and jealousy, hostile
competition, strife, violence, war, destruction. And above all,
resentment of authority!
the basic activating motive in modern business and industry has been
the "GET" philosophy. In spite of materialistic advances, humanity's
problems are spiritual - and the spiritual incentive has been "GET" -
In spite of materialistic advances there has been spiritual
retrogression. Trouble, evils, suffering and anguish have engulfed the
honesty the best policy?" A magazine survey put this question to 103
business executives, all high in their lines. An overwhelming majority
doubted whether a strictly honest policy would enable one to rise to
the top in the business world. Only two answered yes, and one of these
said he knew he was being na´ve.
Said one, "People who don't get dirty don't make it."
30 years," said another, "I've known of only three men who've reached
executive positions cleanly, and I admit I'm not one of them."
"The higher an executive is in the management ladder," said a third, "the more likely he is to do some dirty work."
more deeply past the materialistic advances in the business world,
there has been selfish motivation, dishonesty, dog-eat-dog competition,
disregard for the good of others, sharp practices.
facet of modern civilization, like modern education, government,
science and technology, has moved in the direction opposite from the
foundational spiritual law of our Maker. It has contributed to bringing
man's world to an apparent state of hopelessness and a soon future of
that super-strong "Unseen Hand from Someplace" is now about to
intervene. He sends a voice crying out with the world's only and sure
hope! That intervention will save humanity from itself. A new and
different world of PEACE, HAPPINESS and ABUNDANCE for all is that sure
hope. Mankind won't bring it about. It will have to be done TO humanity
- and our motivation shall be changed from "GET" to "GIVE!" Agree or
not - IT IS SURE!
By Herbert W. Armstrong Worldwide News, 8th December 1980