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.