|September 23, 2005
Vol. 2, No. 38
Published Weekly on Fridays
By Leadership University
From the Founder – Mike R. Jay, Master Business Coach
Leadership & Free Will
I don't feel I could write a more controversial topic,
but just this morning I was watching a nicotine path
commercial (designed to help people quit smoking). I
thought to myself, that because of a psychological
belief system that is being perpetuated by the general
scientific community based on blank slate beliefs:
beliefs that tell us anyone can be anything they want to
be; capitalism is a vehicle that in a lot of cases
exists to create harmful products.
Let me give you an example:
Currently, we in the U.S. are seeing all kinds of ads in
media where tobacco companies are telling us to stop
smoking and counsel our children on the ill-effects of
smoking...all the while they pump out more and more
Now, most people will blame this on capitalistic greed,
but I suggest to you that there is an underlying
psychological belief system that keeps reasonable people
from stopping the manufacture of products that are
proven to be harmful.
Here it is: 'free will'
In other words, there is an assumption that as free
people, we are entitled to do what we want with our
bodies, and to eat, drink and smoke if we 'choose.'
Now, I can't spend the time here to give you the entire
diatribe on my thoughts around this, but here's the
short of it.
If I believe you have a right to do what you want with
your body and that is amplified by a belief you can be
anything you want to be, then I assume you do what you
do because you want to, not because you have systems
inside of you that predispose you to addictive
Think about it.
If everyone is created equal, then you doing what you do
is your choice and you are choosing to do that. I don't
think for a moment that you have an addictive
personality. I feel if you want to kill yourself by
smoking or whatever, then it's your choice?
What if it's not people's choice?
What if free will doesn't exist like we think it does?
What if people have addictive personalities and are
really different and don't choose to smoke, be a drug
addict or alcoholic?
You see, underlying all the capitalistic greed is a
flawed set of leadership assumptions based on a blank
I will be the first to agree, that it is a lot easier to
allow people to become addicts or kill themselves
without intervention because the alternative is
But, I do want to raise the issue, because I believe a
new morality is going to have to arise to protect people
from their own free will. I don't know who will do it,
but I do realize that it is just as morally corrupt to
continue with blank slate as it is to catagorize people
based on what we know about predisposition to addiction
and other maladies that arise, not of free will, but
The same issues exist with healthcare.
Some people are predisposed to get sick, others like
myself, have hardy constitutions. Did I 'choose' to be
hardy? Of course not, no more than anyone else chooses
to be sick. This is not free will, this is nature's
Leadership is going to be required to sort through these
moral dilemmas. It's not capitalistic greed, but failed
leadership that creates many of the problems present in
the world today.
If you want to read more about the inner-workings of my
thinking and feeling, I write almost daily at a private
blog site that you can purchase access to at:
www.ontheprofessionaledge.com/founder . I keep my
thoughts available for this private group of people who
are in dialogue about the serious issues facing
leadership around the planet.
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Mike R. Jay, Founder
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