What is Your Raison d’être?

Mark Twain wrote, “The two most important days in your life are the day you were born, and the day you find out why.” The French call it “raison d’être” or “reason for being.”

Here’s mine.

Many if not most modern organizations (corporations, governments, etc.) use people to reach their goals, which generally include profit, power, control, influence, etc. If, in the process, they might enhance or enrich the human experience, that’s a nice by-product, but it is not their goal.

This makes no sense to me. Think of the ever-widening wealth gap. Does it not suggest that those who pull the levers of power and wealth consider ‘everyone else’ to be the means whereby they can meet their goals? Kind of like cannon fodder?

If that is not a narrow, short-sighted and self-defeating approach to existence, I don’t know what is. Can’t we profit and at the same time lift people? Isn’t it far more rewarding to consider how to help and inspire the person? Could it be that therein lies pinnacle of our mortal experience?

These are the questions that I am ask, and therein do I find my reason for being.

Over the next couple of weeks, not only will I tackle BIG topics, like education, diplomacy and foreign affairs (including how to combat ISIS), climate change, etc. but I will also introduce a practical economically sensible program that helps to at least address the problem.

Do not for a second think that I harbor any illusions about what I can do. If these ideas do not resonate with you, and if you are not willing to get in your traces and pull, right along, side-by-side with me … well,  we are all in this together.

I have shared the quote before, but it bears repeating –

If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.

That is what a Black Panther named Eldredge Cleaver said, and he was right. Isn’t it time we took our country back, and set forth a new vision, one that is more in keeping with what we know to be important.

Shouldn’t our actions be worthy of ideals, both as a nation and individuals?

You tell me.

“Yes,” or “No.”

Happy Trails 45

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