creating American jobs

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. 🙂

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6 Responses to creating American jobs

  1. Peter Axtell says:

    Hi Eric,
    I treasure these teachings, they are so useful.
    I was thinking how crucial it is to understand what a “cause” really is. Few of us have ever been taught that. If there is one deviation even in a million, it can’t be a cause. I was thinking of how the farmer never doubts that a corn plant comes from a corn seed. He never questions the result. He also doesn’t pat himself on the back for being such a genius because he planted a corn seed and the corn plant came up. People would consider him an idiot if he did so. I was thinking how I’ve been flattered in the past because I supposedly made some deal “happen”. It sounds ridiculous now when I think about the farmer. Why should I or anybody be “flattered” because a seed came to fruition? I’m trying to be less of an idiot these days and apply the teachings better.

    • ericbrinkman says:

      Dear Peter,

      Don’t be too hard on yourself; it’s the big things that we often take for granted or overlook. I always think if i could have just figured this out for myself–it seems so obvious now–but if i could have, i would have. 🙂


  2. Holger says:

    Dear Eric,
    thanks for this wonderful post.. There have been times in our recent history when this has been working out very well…. I still remember my Grandparents beeing very very thankful how America helped Germans to come on their feed again after WorldWarII. Americans helped us rebuilding press and free media, the facilitated to restructure the public infrastructure and they helped to rebuild a lot of companies by providing legal and logistical support… For the enemy who had killed tousands of american soldiers month ago in the killing fields of the Normandie.. What an unbelievable act of compassion and gratitude.. My grandparents had nothing and they were very thankful… they received US Aid parcels with food and other goods. And they received letters from people they had never heard of but who had collected money to support these parcels… I remember that we used some of the McCormick Spices out of theses parcels until the early70ties… So the karmic result of this rejoicing in the success of the former enemy was an outstanding economic prosperity in the 50ties and 60ties … Remember your recent past and it becomes more easy to understand and easier to do 😉

    • ericbrinkman says:

      dear Holger,

      i think this is exactly right; i also think the reason why America was so successful is due to this kind of past generosity; i only hope that someday we will be as generous again.

      i like to study history, because i think you can see how karma works: Dictators always fail, those who try to rule with terror or power always end up failing in the end (to quote Gandhi). A great lesson, i think, history has to teach us (a la Henry Ford) is to look at what happened after WWI. Germany was forced to pay reparations, which they resented and made them angry. The result? WWII. So, to our credit, we learned: after WWII America and other countries helped Germany rebuilt. The result? Everyone benefited. 🙂

      Thanks for your post, Holger.


  3. Holger says:

    Regarding China: I think we do not rejoice sufficiently.. We try to – but we have to try much harder.. Every time another chinese car fails in a german crash test I still see myself thinking… “well my chinese friends – more difficult than you thought to build good cars..” Of course I catch myself and the second thought is different.. but as long as this first thought pops up in my mind I am not rejoicing with their success..

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