When the economy gets hard, it’s natural – even healthy – to reign in spending. It’s what many of us do and what many of us believe that our various governments should do.
Here’s the rub: To some extent, this is one of the ways that depressions become worse than they might otherwise be. In other words, there is some truth to the notion that the less we spend, the less we make, collectively.
Yes, our leaders have taken some heat, rightfully so, for encouraging spending in the face of economic calamity. And, regardless, if you’re in over your head in debt, well it’s only prudent to tell them to take a flyin’ leap.
Others of us, especially those who’ve taken some reasonable precaution against such disasters are better situated and, hopefully, less prone to fear. Of course, for many of us here, a good measure of those “precautions” have entailed “doing for ourselves” and “doing without”. In fact, those who practice the “art of deferred gratification” are, generally, less likely to be affected by economic downturns.
If we harbor any resentment over our taxes being used to bail-out whoever, I suggest that we might consider that we have a personal obligation to those in need. And, the surest way to alleviate this kind of suffering is to give someone a job. For the truly self-sufficient, that may require a bit of an attitude adjustment.
Aside from the sincere appreciation I have for the opportunity to work, I have to recognize the valuable service that any employer provides….to us individually and, just as significantly, to our society. These much-maligned “fat cats” are often the most courageous of our society and, despite the sort of class warfare that is often propagated during these times, we owe them a great debt.
I for one have found it rather intimidating to consider making the leap from the ranks of the employed to that of employer. I did run my own business for a time and, like many, was hard pressed to overcome both the regulatory burden imposed on small businesses, but also the weight of responsibility that comes with being a “boss”. Almost gratefully, I eventually re-joined the ranks of the employed.
Today, though, I have found it necessary to reconsider my general desire for “self-sufficiency”. It is possible, even easy, I think, for self-sufficiency to transform into mere “selfishness” if one isn’t careful. At present, I’m inclined to believe that it takes a somewhat courageous and charitable heart to be willing to share, when there is good reason to fear the future.
But, when you give someone a job you not only share your wealth, you share your burden. Let’s give credit where credit is due – give your boss a hug if you’re inclined, but also consider earning one for yourself.
“I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.” – Albert Schweitzer