I have always wondered where the term “a(n)” came from. It sounds like a verb, or a verb that means you’re speaking to me. I thought it was an acronym, but I was wrong. Now I know.
I read a lot of books and articles on the topic of the three levels of self-awareness. I’ll give you about four reasons why we should be thinking about self-awareness.
1. We do have a self. You know, the stuff you and I think about when we go to bed, when we get hungry, when we need to pee. The stuff that makes us feel alive and our own. The stuff that causes us to realize we are not alone in the world.
You are an American. Now, this might be a bit of a weird coincidence, but it was a lot of stuff that got you into this. If you’re not a good swimmer and you think you can swim, you’re an American. If you think you can swim, you’re an American. If you can do something, you’re an American. If you can swim, you’re an American. If you can go to a beach and swim, you’re an American.
The problem is when you can do something it doesn’t mean you can do it. So what does it mean to say that you’re an American? Well, for one thing, you know what we mean when we say you’re an American. You can speak English, you can drink alcohol, you can go to war. You can kill for a cause, you can cry over the death of a family member, you can get angry over the death of someone else.
A(n) _________ is very common in the world of business. This is a legal term that means a company is buying the property and obligations of another company. The problem is that by doing this, they are effectively buying an asset, an asset which is tied to their own. This means that they are effectively buying their own person, and thus, their own moral compass.
In the world of business, companies always seem to think they are above the law because they are so big and powerful. In reality, they are also above the law because they are also not above the law (or even the truth). This is why the word _________ is used. It is a legal term that is used to describe the legal rights and obligations of a company (or other entity). The problem is that many companies are not at all aware of this.
Some companies buy their own people and thus, their own moral compass, but other companies are still on the fence. These latter companies are not aware that there are legal rights and obligations, and so they can’t know what to do. When you buy a person, you are essentially saying you are buying their legal rights and obligations. When you buy a company, you are essentially saying you are buying their moral compass. The two are often combined, so you can buy a company that is morally ambiguous.
It’s not just moral ambiguity that causes the _________. Sometimes companies are just buying a bad product and need to sell it. However, when they do this, they need to ask themselves if they can continue the business in the same moral compass that they always had.
The problem is that there can be ethical reasons to buy a company or not. There may be a company that has an ethical reason to buy your company but not yours. If you have bought a company that your company is morally ambiguous, then it is your moral compass that is at fault. You are responsible for all of the company’s moral compass and decisions. If the company that your company is buying is immoral, then it is you that is morally ambiguous.