Thursday, November 15, 2001

God and Mammon
“No doubt about it, there has been a sea change in the way businesspeople are approaching the problems of business and work. Spirituality however defined is now a popular resource for business needs, whether for sparking creativity or for being a better person on the job. Tap a search engine for business and spirituality and 1,500 Web sites are likely to pop up.
“The dry, hyperrational paradigms that long held sway over financial decision-making have failed to inspire or even adequately source nonrational intelligence, or satisfy the universal need for personal meaning dynamics that were patently beneath the surface of seemingly impersonal market forces. New spirituality programs and their gurus such as Steve Covey, Deepak Chopra, Robert Greenleaf and others are engaged in a strong partnership with the business community, as evidenced by the popularity of corporate seminars and the abundance of best sellers aimed at transforming the lives of businesspeople.
“Office rooms are reserved for meditation and quiet time. Companies sponsor dramatic retreats for executives and distribute common-sense guidelines for holistic living.
“Despite all this spiritual interest, mainstream Christianity has not been a notable force in the businessperson’s pilgrimage. Traditional mainstream religion, it seems, has failed to deliver on the desire for experiential, personalized ways of knowing God in one’s work.”
Laura Nash and Scotty McLennan in their new book, “Church on Sunday, Work on Monday”

Year of Monica
“Throughout the Year of Monica, the leftist talking heads and journalists defending Clinton’s indefensible behavior tried very hard to persuade a slack-jawed and insatiable public that the story was ‘just about sex,’ reducing his behavior to ‘what’s the big deal, everybody does it’ frippery.
“When Clinton stonewalled and obstructed justice, that line would no longer work, and with the help of his long-suffering wife they tried to spin the story into a political attack by Clinton-haters and a ‘vast right-wing conspiracy,’ knowing all the while that his behavior with Lewinsky was just the latest episode in years of unacceptable treatment of women. Only, this time, it was accomplished on the wall-to-wall carpeting of the public trust, in the hallowed Oval Office.”
Lucianne Goldberg, writing on “Scandalous,” Nov. 10 in National Review Online at www.

Honky-tonk angel?
“The latest turn on the windy road of singer LeAnn Rimes’ life has taken the 19-year-old to a party at Hugh Hefner’s Playboy Mansion.
“Also on hand was Miss U.S.A. 1995, Shanna Moakler, Playboy’s latest cover girl.
“Could LeAnn Rimes, the country music darling with the powerhouse voice, be headed down the same road? Given the schizophrenia seen in her recent musical selections and trouble in her personal life, the answer is, possibly.
“Given the emotional turmoil in her off-stage life, and the search for direction in her music, Rimes seems to be making foolish choices by hanging out with the likes of Hugh Hefner and regulars at the Playboy Mansion.
“History is full of young performers who, upon reaching the threshold to adulthood, make the wrong choices.
“Dana Plato, the teen star of the 1980s sitcom ‘Diff’rent Strokes,’ posed nude for Playboy in June of 1989. The shoot was an attempt by the young actress to revive her sagging career. That move was unsuccessful; Plato remained out of the headlines until January 1992 when she was arrested for armed robbery. She died May 8, 1999, of a prescription-drug overdose.”
Martha Kleder, writing on “LeAnn Rimes at the Playboy Mansion,” in the Nov. 8 issue of the Culture and Family Report

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