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The division within our society is clear. There is one side that believes that what is good for them is correct and another side that believes that what is good for everyone is correct.

One side says, “Allow me to increase my wealth,” while the other says, “Allow me to increase the quality of life.” One side says, “Eliminate regulations so they don’t interfere with my business,” while the other says, “Institute any regulation that protects the sanctity of life.” In essence, one side says, “Protect my interests,” while the other says, “Protect the world.”

Now there are bound to be those who say that we need to protect business because we need to protect their jobs. The question all those people need to answer is, “What good is your job if it costs you your life, health or the welfare of those you love?” If you die, your job will be moot. If you lose your health, you will be unemployable, miserable and in need of resources that won’t be there because you aren’t employed. Worse, is if you lose the respect of those you loved when they realize that you harmed them. Worst, is if you have them so dedicated to you that they continue to harm their families by continuing your thinking.

There are those who think wealth equals success and success equals happiness. Watch animals with absolutely no possessions out happily jumping around simply because it is a nice day and understand what happiness is really about. The ability to love life, without any strings attached, is the epitome of happiness. Success is either the ability to live in happiness as often as possible or why do we even want success? 

Christ said to beware the wealth of powerful men.  I really think we should listen.

Eric Thompson, Bismarck

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