Hi everybody; i wanted to thank everyone who wrote in about my last article; if you haven’t seen questions and answers you should check them out. 🙂
Anyway, i found another article online to pick on. 😉 This one is regulations and starting new jobs (which a lot of people are thinking about this nowadays, not just Americans–we’re working on doing a Diamond Cutter Institute event in Ireland where a friend of mine has connections with FAS).
So this article is on CNN’s money site:
“In this economy, there is no justification for supporting unnecessary regulations on small businesses that will hamper their ability to get Americans working again,” Chamber of Commerce executive vice president for government affairs R. Bruce Josten said in a statement.
The idea is, i guess, that too many regulations can slow down small businesses and prevent them from adding jobs. So is this true?
If it is, then why did they pass the regulations in the first place? Evidently they didn’t think so when they passed them; i’m sure they thought it was going to help things. So why repeal it now? Because as we’ve learned, for a cause to work it should work all the time–and it should resemble the result. So why would repealing regulations ever create jobs? The answer is, it might look like it does sometimes, but really it doesn’t.
So what does create jobs? Helping other people find jobs. Or, a simple method is to rejoice when other people find jobs.
I remember when Geshe Michael first came out of 3-year retreat; he went on a book tour to try and help promote his new yoga book. But the first talk he gave we actually called afterwards “The American Empire”; he talked about how all the products that we come into his 3-year retreat had that little “Made in China” sticker on them. And he told us then (circa 2003 or so) that if we didn’t change, we could see our children working in Chinese sweatshops someday.
Shocking? Impossible? The Romans never thought a bunch of barely-clothed “barbarians” (did you know “barbarian” is Latin for someone who doesn’t speak Latin?) would overrun their empire, either.
But the point is, back then he saw the rise of the giant Chinese economy. So what was his advice? What did he think we should do to stop this prophetic prediction of economic doom?
Rejoice that the Chinese are doing so well. Try to help them.
It’s interesting that our natural reaction to anything is almost always the exact wrong thing to do. When someone yells at me, what is my natural reaction? When someone takes my job, what do i do? Roll out the embargoes, increase tariffs, boycott them.
Instead, rejoice for them. 1.3 billion people are becoming more successful. That’s great. Isn’t it?
And i’ll tell you what i did, personally. I was working at Diamond Mountain at the time as a volunteer. There were fun jobs to do (grade homeworks, roll mantras), and there were not so fun jobs to do (dig trenches, move yurts). So i volunteered for the not fun jobs, dug my trench, and dedicated it so that everyone else get a nice job.
Now i travel all over the world helping give business seminars. 🙂