I recently attended a meeting of a local business ethics alliance.  The alliance is made up of the most influential people and companies in the city, as well as the Better Business Bureau, chambers of commerce, a local university as well as others.

I attended this particular meeting because the notice stated that the speaker was the Water Sustainability Program Director for Coca-Cola.  The invite stated that businesses should look to sustainability ‘to save our planet’.

Well, anyone who knows me, is aware that I believe sustainability, as well as all of the other made-up words in this movement, isn’t about sustaining anything other than a push…or nudge as Cass Sunstein would say…for conformity for the global initiative called Agenda 21 which is soon to be renamed the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

I had prepared a question:  Is it ethical for businesses to work as advocates for and in conjunction with governments in advancing their sustainability agendas?

Well….I realized early that it was very apparent that had I asked my question, the attendees would have looked at me with shock and horror.  I knew I was outnumbered.  So I sat quietly and listened.

I listened to the heaps of praise attendees showered on each other as they rose to speak about their efforts to be ‘green’.  I watched as nodding heads filled the room.  A priest stood and spoke of his admiration of the Pope for taking a bold stand for sustainable development.  A gentleman rose to speak of how his 501c3 was working with children to teach them early about protecting their world.  Another from a conservation foundation talked about re-educating farmers (oh, it took a while, but eventually…)

Instead a seeing my attendance as a waste of time, I saw it as an eye-opener.  The fact that these wheels, the movers and shakers, are 100% on board is disheartening.  Fighting this agenda isn’t just an uphill battle, it’s a good-luck-in-climbing-the-mountain battle. 

The ethics alliance program included a page defining ‘blind spots’ that get in the way of ‘thinking carefully, making the right choices or acting in the way we should', which are:

  1. Conformity bias – falling into the trap of doing what others are doing.
  2. Obedience to authority – we’re hardwired to do what authority figures tell us.
  3. Moral equilibrium – thinking we’re good but letting this image of ourselves color our decisions.
  4. Moral muteness – not speaking out when we’re uncomfortable and not rocking the boat.
  5. Snowball effect – how we can let once small thing, then other happen that leads to harm.
  6. Highway to hell – “the road is paved with good intentions”.
  7. Myth of invisibility – thinking others won’t find out what we’re doing.

Is it just me or can we apply some of the above ethical mistakes to the people who are pushing the sustainable development agenda?

(sigh)

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Comment by Robin on September 16, 2015 at 7:45pm

Great post on what you observed, Jodi! Yes, they would have looked at you in horror and probably tried to have you removed! I researched this a few years ago when they went to Copenhagen. I believe I still have all the research! This is all about total control over every single thing we do. I will be tweeting this out! 

Comment by Jodi180 on September 16, 2015 at 10:40pm

I was so gun-ho, Robin....until I realized that I was the 'minority'.  And it was intimidating.

So I'll send a letter to the ethics alliance instead....asking the question that I was prepared to ask.

I'll update if/when I get a response.  Thanks for the tweet-out.

Comment by Jerseygal on September 17, 2015 at 6:36am

Thanks for posting this, Jodi.  Here's my take on why this is happening.  Our education system isn't failed.  It has been very successful in total indoctrination of an entire generation.  That kid who has no clue about the basic civics we all learned, can clearly articulate and effectively debate how we are killing the planet.  The next generation will also be able to effectively debate the gay rights issue.  Failed? Nope.  The left succeeded.

Comment by Mahcookie on September 17, 2015 at 6:58am

Thank you Jodi...this was a great post with so much truth.  Your 1 thru 7 points were so right on.  This is why we are where we are today.  Too many followers and not enough independent thinkers.  Both Robin and JG's replys also are right on the money.  I went to a seminar awhile back with a candidate from Michigan and was in the same position you were.  It took everything in my power not to stand up and make a comment about the lies through omission.  I kept quiet until the end.  

Thank you once again for enlightening all of us.  This should go viral.  It is an extremely important issue.

Comment by JeansBrother on September 17, 2015 at 8:51am

Thanks for the post Jodi.  As I read through the list of "blind spots", two things occurred to me about the list.  First, it can be applied to the sustainability movement and other social engineering efforts.  Second, it is a list of things I learned at my mother's knee.  Apparently, those building the new human race are laying the groundwork for the state to do what parents have historically done.  George Orwell should be proud at how accurately his books portrayed the future.

Comment by J. Francis Roth on September 17, 2015 at 9:25am

  Jodi, what you witnessed in this meeting was the culmination of people's desire to do harm to everyone else without harming themselves in the process.  Allow me to explain, "ethics" is by definition the philosophical way of dealing with morals and morality.  Two key words here one is of course "philosophic" which is the study of knowledge, reality and existence.  When one studies "philosophy" one soon realizes that there are no wrong answers, only relative answers.  Hence comes the term "moral relativism".  People who belong to or join "ethics" committees and or organizations are there for one reason only, and that is to foist their ideals along others who agree on to everyone else, whether they agree or not.  Ethics organizations are made up of the "egotistical maniacs" of our society.  They have all convinced themselves that they were put on this planet to control every aspect of everyone's lives.  The results of many "ethics" committees and organizations have been the desire to impose "human selective breeding", "mandatory abortion of in the womb fetuses up the murdering of babies born deformed, babies born to Blacks (see the true Margaret Sanger), she was deemed an "ethicist", destroying the mentally challenged regardless of race.  A number of "ethicists" subscribe to the theory that the entire earth population should be kept at no more than 300 million people, for earth sustainability of course.  They also feel that that 300 million mark needs to be held regardless of what means are used to achieve that goal.  One ethicist, whose name escapes me suggested that aiding the starving masses on the African continent was simply not beneficial to the planet, therefor, allowing them to starve would be an excellent method of getting to that 300 million population goal. 

  Since you've sat in on that meeting Jodi, you now know that "ethics committees" and ethics organizations actually have no ethics at all.  To be ethical, means to know right from wrong, good from evil, and want to help mankind as a whole. 

  Aristotle coined the phrases Ethos, Pathos, Logos in essence these are forms and persuasion techniques.  Ethos of course is supposed to be ethical appeal where as the ethicist convinces the audience/people of his credibility and good character. Pathos is the appeal to an audience's emotion, invoking either sympathy or anger or frustration or fright.  Not unlike this global warming scam we are experiencing today.  Logos is to convince the audience/people through logic, it doesn't have to be truth logic, it could be all lies, just as long as it sounds logical.  An ethicist who has mastered these three skills can have at time even the most objective audience eating out of his/her hands in a matter of hours.  Does the name Adolf Hitler ring a bell?  Does the name Barack Hussein Obama or Al Gore ring a bell?  How about the afore mentioned Margaret Sanger, or Cloward and Piven, and last but not least Saul Alinski.  All these notables were masters of Ethos Pathos and Logos.  All of these people are more than willing for you/we the people to sacrifice our lives for their ideals. 

  In closing, there are no ethics among ethicists, none!

Comment by Jodi180 on September 17, 2015 at 9:39am

Thanks for all your responses and for forwarding on.

Jerome....your response was a bigger eye-opener than the meeting itself.

Comment by J. Francis Roth on September 17, 2015 at 9:50am

Thank you Jodi, you're too kind.

Comment by Robin on September 17, 2015 at 1:33pm

You're welcome, Jodi!  I remember when my father was Mayor of our township and I would go sit in the meetings and listen. The Environuts in the township would come to the meetings and sit right in front and try to intimidate everyone, including trying that with my father. He was doing things to better the township and they tried to fight him every step of the way. Needless to say, my father got a lot of things done. He was not one to be intimidated by anyone. 

I had to fight them myself when we built our first house. The Agenda 21 crowd in my part of NJ goes by the name of The Pinelands Commission. I fought them for 3 years, by myself, with no attorneys, just to be able to build a home on our land. They threw road blocks up one after the other to prevent us from building. When I first applied for a building permit I got back a letter with a list of archaeologists I could choose from, and pay for, to come and make digs on the property to make sure there were no Indians artifacts. Got that done and nothing came up! So, next, I get another letter from them telling me that someone had to come sit on the property for 3 days and look for Red- Headed Woodpeckers (endangered) No Woodpeckers. Now, they are pissed.  I get another letter telling me that I had to PROVE to them that our family members were Pinelands residents going back 60 years! They thought they had me on that one! SURPRISE for them. I grew up in the Pinelands of NJ and so did Ricks family.  I can't tell you how nasty they were to me after I proved this to them. I got nasty right back and said , I'm not going away so ISSUE MY PERMIT NOW!  They had to relent after 3 years of battle. I got to build my house.   :) 

Comment by Jodi180 on September 17, 2015 at 3:38pm

I just received a follow-up email from the president of the business ethics alliance group thanking me for attending...."We had great conversation..."

The email then directed me to read a summary of the Pope's Encyclical:

10 key excerpts from Pope Francis’s encyclical on the environment

And the push continues.

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