Thursday, February 14, 2013

Inflated language

A company advertising job openings says:
We are seeking analysts to join our dynamic operations team and become experts in the diverse business challenges of a global hedge fund. Successful candidates are creative problem-solvers and self-starters who have the proven ability to produce results.
Another describes itself as
a management consultancy that specializes in improving and transforming operations through business process and analytic transformation, leveraging innovative techniques and technologies. 
This is not Quakerly.  Corporations, politicians, they are all about making themselves sound impressive.  Quakers emphasis truth and simplicity in their communications.  I don't want to be a part of this world where it's all about image and profit.  I want to find some enclave where I can live among people who share my values.   People who seek truth, wisdom, joy, and beauty.   People who strive to treat others with kindness and respect.  Yes, sometimes truth and kindness seem to be in conflict, but conscientious people can often find a path which embraces both. 

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