We were sorry to hear last month that Plenty Mag was closing it’s doors. Now the rumor mills buzzing that they are stiffing the writers that worked on the last issue, and dodging their calls and emails. I’m going to reserve judgment on that, but I did want to share the perspective I got from our friends at Elephant Journal.
Elephant Journal was also a print magazine but they recently retooled to the delight of trees everywhere to be an all online publication, a costly endeavor, but as Waylon points out:
“…paying one’s debts has got to be basic to being able to sleep at night—to one’s existence as a decent human being. In the Buddhist tradition in which I was raised, it’s actually a tenet—it’s considered our duty as ‘warriors’ in the world to leave behind a better, more uplifted world than the one we found.”
A tenet he takes so seriously he personally guarantees all of the publications debts. From investment bank executives to politicians to everyday people like you and me, it seems it has become pretty common to take ownership of successes, but pass the buck on the losses. Way to go Way for making the hard choice and standing behind the Elephant!
BTW, good luck to everyone over at PLENTY, I hope greener pastures are right around the corner.
Read Waylon’s post at the Elephant Journal…