Balancing flow and fairness

Perhaps one thing we should be able to learn in life is when an act is pursued for its own sake (e.g., flow activities) and when something is appropriately conditional for the sake of justice and fairness.

Fixating on exchanges of value leads to a disease of measurement, or in Filipino, “sukatan”. Applying measurement and accounting principles all the time to the way we approach our relationships can make them very transactional and robotic. But failing to measure and account for what is due to another fairly can lead to abuse and is also detrimental to our personal security.

In today’s society where many things are measured and quantified, we should be mindful when it is appropriate to measure and when it is to pursue something for its own pure sake. There are times when these things could overlap, like when an artist is commissioned to create art for a certain amount compensation.

Maybe the challenge for the businessperson of the future is to manage these activities in the spirit of facilitating flow and fairness.

Luke 14:1, 7-14. “… then you will be blessed, for they have no means to repay you and so you will be repaid when the upright rise again.”


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