A Cord of Three Strands – December 12, 2016

“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: if either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

Call it a tribe, a team, a partnership, whatever, the concept of community, corporate effort is as ancient as civilization itself. There is something holy about this ingredient of life that we have so cheapened that it is beyond our comprehension as to how far from its pure essence we have wandered.

Just because we put a name on it, so that it can be differentiated from others and it generates relatively consistent revenue to support salaries and other costs associated with it operations, does not mean that we have put a cap rate on it and sell it. There are people involved who own a part of what that company is. It is their work that has helped to make it what it is. In some cases, these folks are long gone, dead and buried. They deserve more than to have their heritage sold off, often accompanied by a name change whereby all recognition of their past endeavors disappears, buried in some dusty archive, never to see the light of day again.

Corporations should exist to produce goods and services for the community and provide employment in which workers and utilize their gifts, their skills to best of their abilities.

If you have read my previous writings on gifts, you understand that I believe that the substance of civilization is fundamentally the utilization of the excess that is derived from our work in exchange for the excess produced by others. Hostile forces attempt to steal this excess without making any effort at providing a meaningful contribution of their own. As with other fundamental principles of civilization, I don’t know that these hostiles understand that they are doing this. It seems that, as with these corporate raiders, these parasites ransack civilization like mobs in a riot, breaking out windows and stealing whatever they can get their hands on with a perceived justification born out of the fact that everyone else is doing it.

We will not.

There must be other ways to provide for our needs without having to burn the ship as part of our exit strategy.

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