Friday, October 02, 2009

Capitalism: A Love Story

A colleague with a hospitalized son is asked whether she can adequately balance her work and home life responsibilities; if not, maybe she should take responsibility for her inabilities, do the right thing, and resign.  After all, she does not meet the minimum hours requirement for FMLA, the boss tells her.

It's rarely wise to judge a relationship by what you get out of it under favorable circumstances; but, rather, by what you can do about it should circumstances change.  When power is the disproportional, state-sanctioned prerogative of one side, that inevitably amounts to not very much for the other.  Too often, it is a lesson learned too late; ignored when it happens to others.

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