Finding the root cause can be important, should you want to do something about fixing the problem. I'm assuming that you can do something about the root cause. Maybe it's not always possible or so close to impossible's postal code that everyone exclaims, "Oh, forget that." Suspecting that finding the root cause and fixing it can be painful. Better to close your eyes to it.
Like our economy. Not the American economy but the global economy. There's been several excellent exceptions - I'm thinking of you, Iceland - but US AG Eric Holder spoke for most of the world's governments when he said that the Obama administration would not pursue criminal wrongdoing at banks. They could prove it but it would be painful.
So, there, corrupt banks and CEOs! Take your illicit gains made from everyone else's suffering and go home and play with yourself. Because we won't! That'll teach you to bend or break the law or its intent or defy any moral or ethical issues that the rest of the world might have about your actions.
That'll show everyone that no matter who you are, you are beholden to the law. Justice is not blind and can't be bought. But justice can be overwhelmed, if you're big enough.
So the lesson to be passed on is that if you break the law, go big.
Walmart and its CEO has provided us with another shining example of how to do things. The CEO's pay is 1,034 times the average worker's pay at Walmart. It's the largest pay ratio desparity in the world. The comparison is not fair, Walmart's PR cried on behalf of its CEO. He's paid according to performance standards.
Absolutely. So while he's laying off people, he's building 455 more Walmart stores. He's laying people off even while analysts note that Walmart doesn't have enough people to stock its current shelf and it doesn't have enough cashiers. He's building more stores even as people in Bangladesh are dying at the fires where Walmart buys its goods.
Walmart. Always the most bullshit, always.
We also need to give a big shout out to the Arizona State University system and its three campuses. They have a growing problem with infrastructure. Here we know the root cause: maintenance has been identified but not funded. A secondary cause: they could not fund repairing the existing buildings and infrastructure because the money was needed to build new buildings to house the expanding enrollment.
How should we label this root cause?
It's not really their fault. They're following the US government's stellar example. "Build, but don't repair." That's our motto. Because repairing costs money, and that's money that we don't have because we're using the money to build new things because we're in an economic crisis, damn it.
I enjoyed a perfect example of the issue at work. Almost three years ago, about a year after I'd set up and enabled our systems, the geo planners began telling me that they're not set up correctly.
Naturally, I was upset. I take pride in my work. I was also nervous because I'd learned how to do it all by dint of a few telephone conversations followed by trial and error and on the job training.
But nothing could be found set up incorrectly. It just wasn't working right. No one could find what was wrong. Could it be the systems? I naively asked.
Oh, no, it couldn't be the systems.
We've dealt with the resulting issues off and on for almost three years. It's slithered up the management chain, sucking in more subject matter experts. And the results are in: it's the system!
Naturally, being the professional I am, I didn't write Told you so! in response to any emails. I didn't shout, "Nanny nanny boo boo, stick your head in do do," on the conference calls.
Well, maybe I did these things a few times but only in my head.
But buck up, world. It might sound like I'm saying that money is the root of all evil. No, I'm not saying that, nor am I claiming that evil is firmly rooted in greed. No, I think the lesson is that if you're not willing to do the hard work up front, you're dooming yourself to doing it later.
Meanwhile, you'll continue to suffer from the problems brought on by the root cause.
Causes Michael Seidel Supports
Kiva, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Propublica.org, Doctors Without Borders, GreaterGood.com