TaN: Principle of employee loyalty in business (ethics) must be founded or supported by the principle of reciprocity – i.e., my loyalty to the company should be reciprocated by the company’s loyalty to me. It is not only unfair but unethical for business to expect loyalty from employees when it does not reciprocate loyalty to its employees.
Reciprocating loyalty means that the company will look out for the welfare and needs of the employees, realizing that its very existence and viability rests entirely, if not principally, on the employees. As the saying goes, “If the company takes care of the employees, the employees will take care of the customers.”
With this in mind, having a union becomes redundant. The main reason for labor unions is that employees cannot trust employers to be concerned with their welfare and needs. I learned this from a former colleague who became my professor in the graduate school, in his labor management class, “The best company is one with no union.” This is because the employees know and trust the management to look out for their interests, a symbiotic relationship. There is no animosity between labor and management. Having a union will just be a waste of time and effort and may even be the cause of disputes and disagreements.
TaN: My take on one of the possible immediate more significantly influential causes of the current “freak” weather extremes could be the massive intensive industrialization and manufacturing activites brought about by ever increasing demand from (gullible and unthinking) consumers resulting from successful advertising and marketing campaigns of mega and transnational corporations – i.e., Big Business – employing advertising and public relations agencies that do not practice/observe ethical principles but, instead, take advantage of psychological studies and findings on human behavior to ascertain the “weaknesses” (to what, where, and when people are more likely to be attracted to and make a purchase).
By creating artificial or man-induced demand, production is spurred. Spurring production means greater harvesting of resources (raw materials) from the environment. This redounds to ravaging nature faster than its natural restorative processes can bring it back to equilibrium – primarily the mineral deposits and trees.
By refining mineral ores and converting them to products, we turn them into an unnatural state. When we grow tired of them or have discard them to landfills, it takes nature a long and slow process of breaking them down and back into mineral deposits.
Though trees are replenished at a faster rate than mineral deposits, by mowing down forests (and not replanting or replanting with different species), we still put too much strain on the environment. Moreover, trees are at the very backbone of the weather engine – it is an integral segment of the hydrologic cycle. Two of the most significant engines that drive global weather – i.e., evaporation – are the sun and trees.
Without evaporating water into the clouds, there can be no rainclouds, no rainclouds, no rain; no rainclouds, no wind (because wind results largely from the changes in atmospheric temperature – warm air near the planet surface and cold air at the upper stratosphere).
Between the sun and the trees, the trees are much preferred method of evaporation because it does not require much heat. The trees draw water from the ground and distribute it to the leaves. The leaves, creating a large surface, evaporate excess water into the atmosphere.
The sun does it with heat. But the problem with heating is that it tends to drive fiercer and stronger winds. This is the main reason why storms are formed or originate from vast bodies of water – like the Atlantic Ocean (hurricanes), the Pacific Ocean (typhoons), and the Indian Ocean (cyclones). This also explains why storms, when they make landfall, tend to weaken – because there is no more evaporating water to feed them (evaporation resulting from heating water and not from trees).
Finally, much of our industrial – not natural – needs are focused on minerals (metals, cement, glass) on wood (paper, lumber), and on oil (plastics, fuel, artificial nutrients for animal feeds and human consumption). Industrial needs are not human needs, but rather wants. Natural needs are true needs, because without them we will not survive.