We Don't Succeed All on Our Own
When I graduated from college 50 years ago and left North Carolina, I knew I would come back someday. Fortunately, the opportunity for work here did allow me to return. Now I’m retired after graduate school, service in the Army, and an over-40-year career in industry.
It is painful to read letters to the editor and columns in The Pilot. Each of us is responsible for what we do with our lives and how we deal with hardships and opportunities, but none of us succeeds on our own. Businesses are dependent on employees, suppliers and customers, not solely the work of the owner.
In addition to God, our parents and medical personnel brought us into this world. Teachers, parents and others educated and trained us at public and endowed private schools. Even siblings, classmates and teammates challenged us to improve.
Civic, church and youth leaders taught us ethics, religion and citizenship. In the military, others watched our backs, just as we served together to defend those at home. I could go on, but the list is long.
Then there is all the infrastructure that others have built and paid for, yet we benefit from. Sure, you could walk to work and swim across the rivers, but highways and bridges are more convenient. The Internet was developed by DARPA and other government funds, then commercialized by millions of workers making the equipment, writing the software, and keeping the system running for our use. No one person could have done this, nor is anyone expected to.
Our generation seems to have become very self-centered, greedy, unappreciative and some would even say unpatriotic or un-Christian.
Perhaps it is time to go back to the Bible, especially for Christians, to read the New Testament.
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