How to Really Make America Great Again: Lessons About Selflessness from the Book of Ruth

32 Pages Posted: 19 May 2017 Last revised: 24 Aug 2017

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Hershey H. Friedman

City University of New York - Department of Business Management

Dov Fischer

Brooklyn College, Murray Koppelman School of Business

Date Written: May 19, 2017

Abstract

America is in crisis and appears to have lost its moral compass. People have little confidence in its institutions ranging from Congress to the Presidency. This paper examines the Book of Ruth and shows that there are many powerful lessons for our society contained in it. One key lesson is the importance of selfless, altruistic kindness, especially on the part of leaders. It also has a powerful message about xenophobia. Other lessons that can be derived from this story are discussed.

Keywords: Book of Ruth, leadership, xenophobia, corporate philanthropy, care ethics, conscious capitalism

JEL Classification: J50, M12, M14, M54

Suggested Citation

Friedman, Hershey H. and Fischer, Dov, How to Really Make America Great Again: Lessons About Selflessness from the Book of Ruth (May 19, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2971243 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2971243

Hershey H. Friedman (Contact Author)

City University of New York - Department of Business Management ( email )

Dov Fischer

Brooklyn College, Murray Koppelman School of Business ( email )

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