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Jul 21 2010

Good People

My apologies.  I haven't blogged in a while.  I've been traveling even more than usual and I'll be out and about for another couple of weeks.  I'm writing from City Dock Cafe in Annapolis, MD.

There seems to be no end to the news about greed, unethical, and illegal behavior on the part of big corporations.  The current bad guys include Massey Energy, Goldman Sachs, and British Petroleum. 

I, however, remain endlessly optimistic about small businesses.  Most of them are proud and meaningful associations of human beings who are infinitely resourceful and make a positive difference in the world every day.  The genuine humanity of the small business owners in New Orleans is sharply contrasted with the soul-less BP droids and their corporate speak.  At our small Flying Dog Brewery business I work with the most amazing, wonderful group of people in the universe! 

Big corporations are so rich and powerful that the people running them all too often start thinking of themselves as royalty and above the law, but that is not always the case.  There are also many good people running big corporations.

"Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will always find a way around the laws."  Plato 427 - 347 B.C.

And let's not forget that "good people drink good beer and bad people drink bad beer" according to Dr. Hunter S. Thompson.

Anita Thompson suggests that if you chase anything long enough you'll get it.  I think that's true and that every day we choose whether to chase after the good or the bad.


Jim Caruso