Rumor has it that we’ve become a nation of whiners. I think that’s because the media and certain political groups feel they must promote victimization to keep their audiences.
Economically speaking, we criticize Bill Gates and Sam Walton and McDonalds (but, curiously, never Walt Disney), because their companies make too much money, a simple-minded complaint. In the 19th century, we called the men who built America’s prosperity — Andrew Carnegie, J.P. Morgan, Ford, Rockefeller, and Firestone and many more — robber barons, another simple-minded lament.
My point: Don’t whine. Celebrate. We should give thanks for these hard-working, visionary men for making our lives comfortable and prosperous, for making it possible for us to fly from coast to coast, to ride a train, to drive a car, to flip a switch and get electricity, to turn a tap and get clean drinking water,to cook in a non-stick pan, to walk into a store and buy more things than we imagined even existed, to click on instant access to the world via the internet, and on and on and on. — jri
“When you’re drinking the water, don’t forget
who dug the well.”
– Chinese Proverb
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