Business vs Family

I remember Friday the 13th as a lucky day, however, this year – not so much. My youngest grandson decided to unplug the iPad from the charger without asking. He pulled sideways and broke the little end off, leaving it in the iPad. I got it out, but there is no fixing it. Oh well. Spare parts drawer.

Next, I got a call from the oldest grandson’s school. He was playing tag on the playground and got knocked into the brick wall and broke his glasses. Great. Fortunately, he has an old pair. Then we had movie night planned and the youngest fell asleep on the couch at 5:15. Grumpy! Some days you just keep on keeping on. It’s all you can do.

I would truly like to hear your opinions on whether or not the US should be run like a business. Here are some of my preliminary thoughts, but it all has to balance out in order to work. That’s why I would like to hear from you.
I’ve been told that our country IS a business. It’s all about money and keeping the output larger than the intake to reduce our deficit (a deficit I might remind you that happened because of the gulf war, war on terrorism, etc. And I might add – those wars made a lot of people very, very rich – just like diseases make pharmaceutical companies very, very rich. Big Business.
I have always thought of a country as a family. We can’t fire our family, or love this child and not that one because his illnesses cost more money than her braces did. We have an obligation as a parent to love all of our children (that’s a basic of every religion by the way). If a segment of a business loses money, the Board of Directors, or the CEO are free to sell it off, dismantle it for parts, whatever. If we do that to our family, we lose our humanity. So, my question to those who think it should be thought of as a business, is this: How do we keep our humanity, our attributes of faith and love, the things that make us kind and decent, respectable, honorable, and lovable human beings if we treat others like they are merely our employees, expendable assets whose purpose is making the company money? Thoughts?

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About Barbara K Tyner

A graduate of UCCS with a degree in English Lit., Barbara writes Children's Literature as well as mainstream fiction. Her popular children's series, The Badger Books, is co-authored with Barbara's daughter, Laura. Her first novel, "Wait Here, Wait There" deals with grief and Alzheimer's. Her second novel, Rhyaden, a middle grade fantasy released Nov. 2018. Gardening, exploring National Parks, Kayaking, hiking, and snow-shoeing top her list of favorite hobbies.
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1 Response to Business vs Family

  1. Lori says:

    There is a reason why our country was founded and built on Godly principles. The greatest commandment is to love your neighbor as yourself. The greatest gift is to lay down our lives for another. When we strive to weaken our foundation by slowly pulling out the principals that glue the foundation, over time, it crumbles. Generations are not taught by example how to maintain this foundation, only that money is what defines success. It comes down to looking outside of ourselves to unify for betterment. An awareness of priorities that is helping others, and stepping out to set an example that builds character, and the rest will follow.

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