Crisis of Conscience

By Green, Stephen | Newsweek, May 3, 2010 | Go to article overview

Crisis of Conscience


Green, Stephen, Newsweek


Byline: Stephen Green

The economy was already faltering when I arrived at Italy's Lake Como in the spring of 2008. I was there for a seminar on commerce and finance, one of those Davos-like gatherings where the rainmakers of global capitalism wander around fountains and confide in each other. But the mood was bleak that year, and the rumble of approaching economic thunder accented all discussion. Instead of being a time to relax and share, it became a time for worry and reflection--about a system that suddenly seemed to be built on sand instead of rock, and about the whole direction of economic and social development.

The global recession of the last few years has begun to pass. But while the outlines of a more temperate, more sober capitalism are coming into focus, I find myself wondering about the people--myself included--who will work within it. Where did we fall short? What do we do to better shape the future? And, beneath it all, what have we learned about ourselves as human beings? These more personal aspects of the financial crisis have preoccupied me greatly in recent months, not only as someone who has spent his professional life in banking but also as an ordained minister in the Church of England.

We are all guilty of compartmentalization, of dividing our lives into separate realms with different rules--and nowhere is this sin more obvious than at work. The office risks becoming a neutral world where questions of worth (other than shareholder value), of rightness (as opposed to what is lawful), or of wisdom (as distinct from what is practical) need not arise. But they are questions we need to face if we are to find a path of fulfillment, for both ourselves and the world in general.

We may never get there. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Crisis of Conscience
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.