The holy books tell us
to love one another
to keep our eyes "on things above"
and to put others' needs above our own.
The business books don't say such things.
They say that business is "war without bullets"
and love makes a good slogan for Subaru
but is too flimsy, soft and blurry
to win the war
The holy books warn of the evils of wealth.
The business books sing of the glories of riches.
Business can be love taking form,
making tangible the presence
of the Almighty.
But it will come at a price.
We will have to hold back
the feral desire that pulls at our passions,
turns the wheel of our skills to worldly ends.
We will have to withstand
the derision of today's bestsellers
and the reasoned rhetoric of
the icons of our age.
Business often cuts at the branch
on which it stands,
and calls it progress.
A sharper saw won't help.
New tools and technologies will just be new wine
in an old wine skin,
not water to wine but
income to profit,
cashflow to IPO.
What might the Friend do,
if we let Him into the board room?
"If the Lord does not build the house,
the builders labor in vain."