No one minds if you want to work 24/7, but they do care if the only way to validate that experience is to announce to everyone else that they are losers in a game they are not playing and use your authority and resources to stop them from playing the games they enjoy.
Why should rabid capitalists like us care about anyone's happiness but our own? Think of it as enlightened self interest. Dozens of studies in the past few years all reach the same basic conclusion on this point -- happiness is achievable, and a happy society is more profitable.
If you watched the Winter Olympics on NBC TV the past two weeks, it's hard to have missed the Cadillac ELR commercial which was almost as ubiquitous as figure skating. What's wrong with this commercial? Let me count the ways.
'I think I'll go to 80, and then I'm out of here.' My 78-year-old mother says this to me over the phone last week as if she were scheduling a routine dental exam rather than aligning her yearly planner with that of the Grim Reaper.
What if more of us would open our eyes to the importance of quality art programs in our public schools? I know I have, and therein lies the genius of philanthropist Russell Simmons' aptly named charity.
Cadillac for me is about a proposition about America that I am admittedly sentimental about. It is for the independent thinker who roots for the best ideas, not a political party. Cadillac is what drives the American Spirit.
We know that Washington insiders -- and their corporate sponsors -- will keep trying to perpetuate their self-serving mythologies. But let's stop saying that "government should act more like a business." They don't even know what that means.