Thursday, October 18, 2012

Cease Fire on Class Warfare

My family comes from extremely humble roots.  My mother lived in a small, poverty stricken town in Mexico and worked in construction alongside her brothers and father when she came to the States.  My father grew up in poor circumstances in South Carolina.  Little by little we have climbed the financial ladder and I have been very blessed to be able to experience both sides of the coin.  I understand the fear of families who have nothing to eat.  I have helped rescue those who repeatedly went to bed with empty stomachs.  But I have also lived the life of an executive and an entrepaneur.  Both sides are stressful in very different ways.  I currently work as a financial executive in a construction company which affords me a profound view of how things work in the real world.  I recognize if I get lazy on Friday and forget to pay that one check to that one plumbing or framing company, many will have nothing to put on the table that weekend.  Children may go hungry and families will experience a flood of agonized anxiety. 

As stressful as the life of a laborer is, and it is very stressful, it is no less stressful to be an executive and have to have all the answers.  When the recession hit many contractors filed bankrupcy.  Suddenly all our trades depended on our company for their daily bread.  I remember panic striken trades asking when we would build our next custom home.  The owners and I had to hold our heads high, kneel as low before God as possible and reassure everyone that Golden Star Properties would outlast this financial crises.  We knew that if our company went down the framers, painters, electricians, plumbers, tractor drivers, laborers, tile guys, et cetera would be left desolate.  We had to trust God and somehow manage to pull contracts and projects out of thin air when all the other construction companies were falling victim to the circumstances of the time.

We have survived.  Most of our trades have survived.  We have all learned to manage with less.  We have all had to compromise with each other.  We all are part of this project of life together.  We are engaged one with another to create jobs, perform duties and the like to make sure everyone can make it.  We needn't hate each other, blame each other or envy each other.  We cannot.  Let's stand united, understanding that we are all different and have different roles.  And let's put our arms around each others' shoulders like human beings and aid each other like brethren and sisters.  


1 comment:

  1. I really enjoyed this post. We really do depend on each other. It doesn't take much to go from upper middle class to lower middle class or even poverty level. Making it harder for the upper class business owners to hire people makes it harder for everyone. Unfortunately, Class Warfare is exactly what radicals want in order to put the radical community organizer in a position of more power. It's all in the book "Rules for Radicals" as well as all the other evil practices they believe in to become the elite power holders.