Life has a way of presenting moral and ethical challenges to us at the most interesting times in our lives. The other day, I was in the parking lot of a restaurant when I saw a wallet on the ground. I picked it up and I opened it to see if there was some ID inside. The first thing I saw was a wad of $100 bills!! There was well over $1,000 in there. I shut it quickly and went inside the restaurant to turn it over to the management.
Now, understand, I am not telling this story because I want a reward or accolades, but to point out something we should all think about. Most of us would pause for a moment and contemplate keeping the money, including myself for less than a second. Then I thought about the person. Who would carry that kind of cash? Most likely, a person who could ill-afford to lose it. It may be their rent money or money to purchase a much needed car or whatever. The point is, it wasn’t my money; I did nothing to earn it.
And that is my real point. So many people today feel they deserve payment just because they exist, not because they have truly earned the money. Our forefathers understood the value of earning what you had and keeping it for the next generation to build on. When our society is ruled by people who feel they must be given “what is theirs” we have failed. When we elect leaders based on what they will give us rather than how they will encourage us to be our best and ensure there is a reward at the end of the day for that effort, then we have failed.
Let’s hope we never get to that point.