Capitalism is ruthless. Companies win while others loose. At the extremes, companies cease to exist. Words like done, finished, kaput, ko’d, and blasted all come to mind when the wars that naturally thrive in this environment continue. It does not matter how charismatic one is. If your product or service does not sell, you will eventually cease to exist as a viable entity. The people that sacrificed for the company will no longer have a paycheck. The lives of individuals, families, and even communities will forever change through no fault of their own. The system is, when you look at what it does without emotion, compassion, or mercy, ruthless.
Part of me does not understand how we continue to allow the system to go on uncontrolled. In many ways, we put band-aids in place to address the negatives, even though it is the best system we know to date in giving everyone an opportunity to succeed. We promote social programs. We ask the government to provide guidance. We encourage non-profit groups to address gaps that we cannot otherwise address.
In the paradox, I find myself wishes every company could win, every individual rewarded for hard work, and regardless of what happens that there would be a soft landing for those who fail. My sentiment, far more common than exceptional, does not stop with the community that I live in. I wished it would extend to every aspect of life. Nobody should have to lose. Everyone should have an opportunity, at least in time, to win. Yet even with the gods, life does not work this way. The gods are at war with each other, truth is fighting with evil. In the end, “humiliated, all those others will be ashamed to show their faces in public. Out of work and at loose ends, the makers of no-god idols won't know what to do with themselves.” (Isaiah 45.16) There are losers. There is a winner.
We live in a ruthless world, yet we can win. The winning God invites all, yes all, to be part of the truth.
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