In a world unbalanced by extensive poverty, divided by conflicting interests and contrasting moral traditions, and vulnerable to environmental degradation, what difference can international businesses make? This book of essays addresses this urgent concern from a number of angles.Three initial essays consider ways of arriving at common ethical positions while still respecting diverse local cultural traditions. The next set of essays examines the emergence of morally responsible business practices in globally diverse contexts, particularly in developing areas. While considering the inherent tensions between moral ideals and contingent realities, the last set of essays discuss topics such as the transfer of technologies and the reduction of poverty where responsible practices are still being debated.
The Sunspots Of Serendipity is four-hundred forty lyrical quatrains on lost love, the tenuous course of the world--and our tragic human failings. It is full of epic heartbreak, and modest romance. A dirge on Mother Nature and human innocence, it is cynical on greed, money--and politics. It broods on the fragile constitution of our society--and also of our hearts' failures to reconcile our new world freedoms from commitment, with those old world ideals of monogamy. The passages are nimble, cryptic pieces evoking hope and caution. They quickly become metaphysical or existential, on the turn of a verb. They often culminate in tongue-twisters, or nonsensical syntheses--just to see if you're still reading.Also, weaving between the poles of faltering romances and worldly despairs, one finds anecdotal commentaries on everyday human frustrations--and the victories we all experience. For although the overtone of Sunspots is serious and brooding, its perspectives are never so bleak as to call an end to the words themselves--so that ultimately, hope bleeds through.
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