We live in Relationship

Everything in society is in relationship with something else.

For instance, as I laid out in a blog entry back in June, Ministry is a relationship of service to the living in devotion to the sacred.

Having a religious faith of any sort is a recognition that we live in relationship with the Holy.

In the mundane world, Labor is a relationship of effort toward a goal for the benefit of the worker, the boss or customer who pays him, and the public at large.

Labor properly understood includes all work that leads toward a goal, not just that which is profit-seeking.

Capital is a relationship between power & wealth & money, none of which are possible without the society in which it exists & the relationships within that society. No one gets rich on their own, no matter what you may think.

All wealth is held under the rules of the society in which it exists, which is why so much money is spent (or wasted, depending on your point of view) protecting Capital.

Those who have the Capital have to learn to respect the value of experience as it contributes to the worth of the Labor, even when its effect on the bottom-line is not immediately apparent. Life is about more than present work or short-term outcome. Experience adds to the ability of Labor to anticipate problems & avoid them, as well as many other benefits that have a more long-term payoff than the quarterly balance sheet.

The great tragedies of modern American life can be traced to short-term thinking & lack of concern about any relationships except those of money & power.

Whether any form of Capitalism (other than Fascist Crony Capitalism & Welfare for the Corporations) can survive these tragedies remains to be seen.


About Tim Gatewood

55+, male, widowed (May 2016). Mobile notary public and signing agent, freelance writer, and ordained minister. Science fiction and fantasy fan, willing servant to cats, avid reader and collector of books and other stuff. Please see my websites (including this blog and others) for more info on me and what I think about the issues of the day.
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