September 12, 2005

Will we ever learn?

An article in Time Magazine reports that Mike Brown, the former head of FEMA, "padded" his resume to get where he is, er, was. I don't really blame Mike Brown, though. We live in a world where imaginary credentials are more important than real experience, where people cannot learn and work in fields that interest them but must "meet the demands of the market" and where a despotic consumer is encouraged to make insane demands of honest business while supporting hand over fist any corrupt entrepeneur that will meet their petty needs.

We have created a world where honest, ethical business practices take a back seat to the bottom line and consumers are encouraged to be petty tyrants. "Padding" a resume is not only common practice, it is an essential business skill. Why have we allowed this to happen? Does anybody really know? Does anybody even care?