O Que Realmente Importa


Segue um extrato de um artigo no blog da Harvard Business Review que eu achei profundamente importante:

“…This particular TED talk was beamed in via satellite from London, delivered by David Cameron. Some believe Cameron is on the cusp of becoming Great Britain’s next Prime Minister. He is Gordon Brown’s conservative rival, and a cogent advocate of a stronger society that relies on less and less government spending. For TED, Cameron had the perfect combination of wit and aplomb to stir the crowd. The quote he ended his speech with came from Robert Kennedy. It’s long, but so powerful it’s worth repeating in its entirety:

“For too long we seem to have surrendered personal excellence and community value in the mere accumulation of material things. Our gross national product now is over 800 billion dollars a year, but that gross national product, if we judge the United States of America by that, that gross national product counts air pollution, and cigarette advertising, and ambulances to clear our highways of carnage. It counts special locks for our doors and the jails for people who break them. It counts the destruction of the redwoods and the loss of our natural wonder in chaotic squall. It counts Napalm, and it counts nuclear warheads, and armored cars for the police to fight the riots in our city. It counts Whitman’s rifles and Speck’s Knifes and the television programs which glorify violence in order to sell toys to our children. Yet, the gross national product does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education, or the joy of their play; it does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages, the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials. It measures neither our wit nor our courage, neither our wisdom nor our learning, neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country. It measures everything, in short, except that which makes life worth while. And it can tell us everything about America except why we are proud that we are Americans.”

De Joshua Machto no blog da HBR:

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