The Selfishness of a Few: A Cautionary Tale

This is the story of how the beautiful lounge at the Whiteface Lodge in Lake Placid, New York—a vibrant space for relaxation and reflection—was misused by a small number of selfish patrons. This video depicts the fragile nature of community and the threat to the many by the selfishness of the few: not just at a luxurious lodge, but in our communities, in our workplaces, and in our nation.

The Law of Small Things: The selfishness of a few can convert a vibrant community into a merely functional one.

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The Law of Small Things

Most of us take our integrity for granted. As a result, a false confidence distorts our decision-making as individuals, in business and in our nation. The big breaches of integrity we see all around us—that we tend to blame on others—can be addressed by the “practice” of integrity as a learned skill, in our individual relationships, our workplaces and in our nation.

But first, we have to let go of the illusion that we “have” integrity as a matter of intuition and that we are innately ready for big things without practicing on small things.

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