In his first book, The New Legacy, Dippel created the concept of
enlightened conservatism, which emphasized the necessity for personal
responsibility if it was to succeed. In The Language of Conscience, the author
expands personal responsibility to include character, which is the choice of
conscience over convenience.
In his Preface, the author discusses the origin of conscience, a
subject explored by philosophers, scientists, and theologists. Most agree
Internal Moral or Natural Law appears inherent in Man, both in Western and
Eastern cultures. Dippel's challenge is how to develop it in the world of
business in order to facilitate practices for the common good of all.
This book is not written for a broad audience, but for three
The first audience includes young leaders who require advice in forming
nonprofit cooperative organizations. Already established interested
participants in the nonprofit sector who wish for a vision of the desired
future comprises the second group. Since any vision must be international, the
last group includes Asian cultural and economic leaders.
This is a logically formatted book consisting of six major
parts. The author begins with Service and Responsibility, and then moves on to
Perspective, Influence of History, Ethics, Case Studies, and Strategies. Sub
headings clearly explain each of the six major topics, and all focus on the
imperatives of leadership.
It is interesting to note this book was published at an
appropriate time. The heroism exhibited on September eleventh, and the
subsequent days affirmed the nation's intrinsic good. People acted with
conscience, not for convenience. Almost immediately thereafter, however,
corporate CEO corruption revealed flaws in our nation's character. In spite of
the latter, Dippel remains undeterred in his optimism and belief that
individuals with high moral values not only can, but also should make a
difference in our world.