May 19, 2008
Of course! I nevertheless have to confess I don’t plan to write entries with you, reader, in mind. As I explain in another entry (see For whom do I write this blog?), my main drivers are to structure my thoughts and hereby leave a testimony for my children. I know all this sounds obnoxious but at least it is transparent, one of the cardinal virtue, promoted by EurActiv and BlogActiv.
As you will appreciate from the banner of this blog, Montaigne is one of my favorite companion. Without in any way comparing myself to him, I make mine the wonderful foreword to his essays:
“READER, thou hast here an honest book; it doth at the outset forewarn thee that, in contriving the same, I have proposed to myself no other than a domestic and private end: I have had no consideration at all either to thy service or to my glory. My powers are not capable of any such design. I have dedicated it to the particular commodity of my kinsfolk and friends, so that, having lost me (which they must do shortly), they may therein recover some traits of my conditions and humours, and by that means preserve more whole, and more life-like, the knowledge they had of me. Had my intention been to seek the world’s favour, I should surely have adorned myself with borrowed beauties: I desire therein to be viewed as I appear in mine own genuine, simple, and ordinary manner, without study and artifice: for it is myself I paint. My defects are therein to be read to the life, and any imperfections and my natural form, so far as public reverence hath permitted me. If I had lived among those nations, which (they say) yet dwell under the sweet liberty of nature’s primitive laws, I assure thee I would most willingly have painted myself quite fully and quite naked. Thus, reader, myself am the matter of my book: there’s no reason thou shouldst employ thy leisure about so frivolous and vain a subject. Therefore farewell.”
Montaigne, the 12th June 1580
(So in the edition of 1595; the edition of 1588 has 12th June 1588 as translated by Charles Cotton. Note that, just like Montaigne, I will regularly review my entries and change them in function of the evolution of my thoughts about any particular subject).
This being said, if these articles may be of some interest to you, I will be more than happy to discuss them with you.
This blog will bring together old and new articles, presentations, seminars or interviews I wrote or gave for the last 10 years.
My favourite themes are :
– Business Ethics and CSR;
– Leadership ethics;
– Historical and biological evolution of ethics and morality;
– European affairs and policies;
– Belgian politics;
– Human Resources Management in public and private organisations;
– Modernisation and reforms of National or EU public administrations.
So, don’t expect to find much on this blog about Britney Spears’ sex life, Britney Spears’ love relationships or Britney Spears’ spiritual quest for happiness and a better world. (Sex and Britney Spears are the most searched keywords on internet I have heard from an expert – an expert in internet searches, that is – not one in sex and Britney Spears). Waow, with these few lines, I guess I will increase tremendously the traffic on this blog ! But probably not with the right visitors? Is this ethical? 😉
Note finally that this blog is multilingual. Most entries will be written in English but a lot of attachments will be French and in other European languages (Spanish, Portuguese, German or Italian). Voici en Français les principaux thèmes qui seront abordés dans ce blog:
– L’éthique des affaires
– Responsabilité Sociétale des Entreprises (RSE);
– L’éthique et le leadership;
– L’évolution de l’éthique et de la morale;
– Les affaires et politiques européennes;
– La politique belge;
– La gestion des ressources humaines;
– Modernisation des administrations publiques (nationales ou EU).
More about me.Laurent Ledoux