On Being Wise vs. Being Gratified

“Wisdom is not the purchase of a day”
-Thomas Paine, The American Crisis

A person stands a much better chance of  winning the lottery than of finding a quick and easy path that bestows wisdom upon the traveler.

Instant gratification, and the culture that promotes it, forsakes the harder, longer path toward the unpromised gift of wisdom for the easier, quicker path of indulgence – of body, mind, and spirit; too much of everything.

Gratification is not gratitude, and information is not wisdom.

On the Popularity of Fox News

“Reason obeys itself; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it.”
-Thomas Paine

If Glenn Beck says the government wants to tax your breathing under the guise of global warming legislation, that doesn’t mean it’s true. If Sarah Palin tells us that health care reform is an evil plot, it’s more a reflection of Sarah than it is health care reform.

Reason dismisses such foolishness for what it is, ignorance swallows it whole.

On Toyota, Recalls, and Reputation

“Character is much easier kept than recovered.”
-Thomas Paine

The reputation Toyota had earned as a trusted global car-maker took decades to build, but mere weeks to lose. Their most valuable asset too easily squandered and perhaps never fully recovered. There’s a lesson in there for all of us.