The Holiday Season can bring out the best in people—and the worst.
Do you remember when the internet really took off off in the mid-90s and so many commentators heralded the brave new age of creativity, independence—and freedom?
“Thank you again, Mrs. Murphy. And have a great holiday.” The well wishes that he made were sincere to his last customer as she took her small purchase and headed for the door. Still, James Tinsley couldn’t help but feel disappointed. He had opened his craft shop an hour early this day—”Small Business Saturday” the corporate credit company had dubbed it—in hopes that the Christmas shoppers would, if not flood into the store, at least trickle in steadily.
Have you ever just stopped and really looked at the shelves in a grocery store?
Consider this column a plea for, and a heaping of praise on, moderation.
Shop until you drop…someone.
Yes, I’m getting a head start on being a curmudgeon.
Recently I was talking to a prominent local businessman about how hectic our respective schedules are. Toward the end of the conversation he said, with an air of frustrated exhaustion, “And on top of my daily business doings, there’s also all of the groups calling for charitable contributions.” He added: “You have to help them, of course.”
Whenever the media are not bashing business for being insufficiently green, or for exploiting various groups, they are advocating that businesses be more “socially involved.” This is certainly true with the incessant cries to help education.
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