Of course you shouldn’t be evil

Call me crazy, but perhaps Google’s not-so-unofficial corporate motto, “don’t be evil“, isn’t such a great thing to aspire to. I sincerely believe in their good intentions, but maybe this was the wrong way to state them.

I’m reminded of this classic Chris Rock bit:

You know the worst thing about n***as? N***as always want some credit for some shit they supposed to do. A n***a will brag about some shit a normal man just does. A n***a will say some shit like, “I take care of my kids.”

You’re supposed to, you dumb mothaf***a. What are you talkin’ about? What are you braggin’ about? What kind of ignorant shit is that?

“I ain’t never been to jail.”

What do you want, a cookie? You’re not supposed to go to jail, you low-expectation-having motherf***er!

“Don’t be evil”. Well, of course you shouldn’t be evil. It’s obvious!

If this motto is seen as revolutionary or wonderful, then what does that say about our collective opinion of Corporate America?

Are things really so bad that not being evil is some sort of an accomplishment? Really? Why did we all fall for this? Shouldn’t we aim higher?

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