Archive for March, 2011

Transacting

A basic rule of commerce:

The transaction isn’t complete until all relevant parties think so.

The corollary is that once a transaction is truly complete a new one often begins. Why not follow up and close the loop, which opens a new loop?

Religion and Politics

It’s too easy to dismiss a political agenda when it seems wrapped up in a religion driven viewpoint (or vice versa, for that matter). Indeed there are very often correlations that reoccur, but correlation does not always prove causation. Many people in the U.S. don’t understand the nuances of how religion and politics are (or aren’t) intertwined in other cultures — the Middle East comes to mind. This lack of understanding undermines our ability to effectively govern, not to mention seriously damaging our credibility globally.

Even in our country it often appears, at least in the media, that the Christian religion is very tied into the white upper middle class GOP agenda. The two are often portrayed hand in hand.

It’s not that simple.

The correlation is certainly there, but since we’re talking generalities and stereotyping already, consider the common understanding of two diverse demographics: compare the god fearing urban (African American) family to the christian church going upper middle class white suburban family. Statistically they generally don’t have the same political outlook.

Similarly one can also compare the urban family struggling to get by to the god fearing rural family also struggling. Though their circumstances are in many ways similar, and supported by the same religion, they aren’t going to agree politically (statistically), though there’s less of a gap than the scenario above.

It can be argued that their religions aren’t really the same either. They may worship the same god, with many underlying beliefs in common, but the application of many of those beliefs is different. A study of the nuance differences between different segments of the same religion will reveal a pretty significant divergence in some areas.

We clearly can’t lump them all together as one group in all contexts, even though they have certain very powerful factors in common.

Yet that’s exactly what we often tend to do. We have the resources and knowledge available to know better. We’re close enough to it to be able to see and understand it pretty clearly when we really try. It becomes much easier when we have more interactions with the other party (whether political or religious).

Juxtapose that assessment on to how we treat and act towards people we don’t have nearly as intimate an understanding of. Take Islam, for instance…

Supply and Demand

You may be able to sell more by having less. In business & production our instinct is to create demand and ramp supply to meet that. Supply doesn’t necessarily have to meet demand. Things that are scarce are worth more. Things that are scarce are, in many cases, actually wanted more. At most you only need to have just enough. When you have more than enough you are well on your way to being commoditized. When you have just the right amount less than enough (and this is the tricky part) the demand can actually appear far greater than it is, which invariably generates more demand.

Tail Wagging the Dog

When your legal council gets out in front of common sense you end up with stuff like this. I just wanted to use the wi-fi at a coffee shop. Who reads all this crap? Nobody. So what is its practical value?

Some attorney convinced them they need this to cover their asses, and charged accordingly. Imagine how many hours they got billed for this…



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