I first came across SEVEN last year when I googled for sites using the term "morality of profit." At the time, the organization had just finished accepting essays for its contest, What is "The Morality of Profit." A winner was chosen in August.
Belief in the evil of profit is rooted in belief in the evil of mankind...Love for others will never come from old ideas about hatred of ourselves...Mankind is not evil. Ergo a man or a woman’s interest in his or herself is not evil.
You can read a longer except of the wining essay here.
I am hoping they will publish a compendium of the top essays, as they did with a previous competition, In the River They Swim: Essays from Around the World on Enterprise Solutions to Poverty.
I love the way this organization both celebrates and supports entrepreneurial efforts throughout the world as the best way to end poverty. We need to create MORE wealth, improving the condition of the poorest, not level things out to an equal but poorer world.
To celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit in the world is to celebrate man's lust for life.
Poverty is the problem. Wealth is the solution.