Wood: Mankind is our business
January 6, 2015
Recently, Ken Gansmann of Silverthorne asks what it is that left leaning contributors to the Summit Daily, who he views as critical of his community values, would have him do differently. It's a question that deserves an answer.
Mostly, these left leaning columnists are addressing issues of fairness, equality and stewardship within our society. They are questioning whether the principles upon which our country is founded are being applied fairly and wisely, not just to the majority or those in power but to individuals and the less advantaged as well. They are inviting us to eschew quick and easy answers and to think beyond our own personal experience and comfort zone; in essence to not believe everything we think. To listen to the left leaning columnists is to know that:
• The Keystone Pipeline is as much about responsible use of energy and the extraction of resources as it is about jobs;
• Illegal immigration goes beyond border defense and vengeful no amnesty to consideration of the plight millions of coworkers and neighbors;
• Providing a financial safety net goes beyond handouts to slackers;
• Affordable medical insurance should be available to more than just the young and healthy.
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In Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," Scrooge, the quintessential capitalist, observes to the ghost of Marley his deceased partner, that he was always a good man of business. In obvious torment, the ghost replies: "Business. …Mankind was my business. The common welfare was my business: Charity, mercy, forbearance and benevolence were all my business. The dealings of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business."
So, Ken, what the left leaning columnists ask is that you step out of your comfortable and predictable pond and dip your toe into that "comprehensive ocean". Come on in, the water's fine.
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