Where is the World Headed?

Within the past year, my experiences and understanding of America and even the world, has taken a turn for the worse. Maybe it is because, as a senior my vision into the real world has been blinded by the Bucknell Bubble, or maybe it is the fact that the world is actually headed in the direction it seems to be. Either way, our readings from The Smartest Guys in the Room, and many other incidents have given me no other option than to see the world as a decaying wasteland.

In the aftermath of the Enron debacle, we learn about all of these supposed honored Harvard MBA scholars who carry the image of being the leaders of tomorrow. But who are they leaders of and where are they leading. McLean and Elkind, authors of The Smartest Guys in the Room seem to personify the majority of top Enron executives as money hungry dogs out for a piece of meat today, without concern for the consequences tomorrow. In the few years following the Enron suit, Americans were astonished and dismayed at the fact that a corporation, seemingly so transparent, could get away with so much. We questioned how something like this could happen, and yet turn an immediate shoulder as if this one event means it will never happen again. And yet look at the state of our economy today. We are right back at square one. Our banking and mortgage system has produced the same results. And what have people done to fix these problems. It seems our government sees the solution to be to throw money we don’t have into the system. But what have people done. It seems people haven’t changed their lives to actually make change occur. We pawned the responsibility to one man and labeled him with the word “hope” as if he is the only one who must make change happen.

The reality behind this gloomy post dawned on me when browsing through cnn.com and coming across an article about how the Afghan government is shooting and poisoning dogs because they pose a health issue for people.  This seems too much like our society. We use something when it makes us happy, but when a downside rolls around, we kick it to the curb (or in the dogs case, we serve it poisoned meat). It seems like all of our actions to preserve human life today take an Enron like perspective, sustaining life today with little regard for tomorrow.


6 Responses

  1. I really liked your thought that we as Americans only like things when they make us happy and the minute they begin to fail we get rid of them, it really goes back to our society today has become one that many feel is disposable but I wonder what will happen when the things we dispose of are no longer around, people will not know what to do and instead of turning our society around it is making it worse.

  2. While I don’t consider myself an absolute optimist, I do think that a “decaying wasteland” isn’t exactly an accurate portrayal of our world. You have to remember that for some reason people like bad news and because of that the news media thrives off of telling us negative stories. I don’t know when the last time I went to CNN.com and say the homepage article about anything positive. Even now the headline on CNN is “GOP governors: Stimulus may hurt in long run”. I personally believe the media has a lot of influence over the way and what we think and this is a perfect example of that influence.

  3. I think you do a really good job of summing up the “short-sighted” nature of us a human beings. We accept things the way they are as long as they are working for us now, and put off addressing anything that wouldn’t affect us in the short term as long as we can. Global warming is another example of this. (says the girl who drove herself to class and parked in 15 minute the other day….I know, guilty as charged.) How did it get this bad before people realized that it was REAL and that if we don’t do something about it, there will be serious repercussions? It’s the same situation with what happened at the banks. Everyone turned a blind eye because they knew it would lead to success in the very, very short term. I guess we just have to hope that the consequences are bad enough this time that we have no choice but to change our ways….permanently this time.

  4. I think several of the article has brought us to think about how we live our lives- from the farmer’s markets to the ethical issues at Enron. I agree with Holly that we should change our ways, I don’t mean being radical, but small changes can go a long way.
    Because in the long run, we do imagine our kids living in a world better than the one we live today,but this won’t happen if we don’t work now for the future

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  6. I agree with Josh that people do want to hear about the negative sides of things and that is a direct reason why news is always so depressing. But at the same time, I can’t help to think that a reason could be that the negatives heavily outweigh the positives.

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