Dear hearts: Allow me to change the subject here just a bit from the potential schism in the Methodist Church.
I am not an attorney; I’ve been offered a few times an opportunity to go to law school and there was no shortage of people to help me in that endeavor, but I decided to be just the old little me.
However, I work for a company where I have to attend a few legal proceedings whenever employees justly or not sue this company. I am the one who is the liaison between those who issue my paycheck and the courts in legal cases brought up by employees. Because of that I have talked with many like me, in the same position, and often in our conversations relate to me the very same things I experience when participating in these legal cases.
The term “poor” as in a “poor person” has become a badge of entitlements not in all cases, but in many, if not most cases. It is enough today for someone to mask themselves with victim-hood, and claim to be poor and all of a sudden the whole world ignores all sorts of principles an values and immediately turn to that person’s favor. Without even the minimal consideration to the facts, that “poor” person gains the sympathy of court officers, legal experts, politicians, the clergy and everyone else and if the other party is viewed as rich, opulent, or even a successful high middle class person that person, or group, this party is immediately vilified, that is, made into a villain, and no matter how right they are they will be wrong simply for the fact that they are wealthy.
If you want any proof just think of the terms that are used to identify the wealthy from almost every single group: “evil rich, obscene profit, profiteering, exploitative, oppressor,” etc. No one things, extols or even considers the sacrifices that were made for that wealthy person to achieve what they achieved, to earn what they earned. No one considers that the payments that person made for the group who helped them to get where they are, namely, employees, were being done in a fair contract between to rational parties: you work for me and I pay you this amount and you use this amount to support your own life.
As a former business consultant I was often invited by my company’s clients to visit the room where the pictures and mementos of the family business were kept as a sacred shrine. One of them in particular that I keep in my mind was a iron shoe, those things that shoemakers used to nail shoe soles back on the shoe bottom and the owner of that company told me that his grandfather, his father and him as a child used to share that piece in three shifts per day making shoes and selling into the market and now they became one of the most important shoe exporters in the world. Examples as these were many! It is not easy to be rich! Not everyone found a treasure in their backyard, not every rich person was “shootin’ at some food, and out of the ground came a bubblin’ crude” – oil that is, black gold, Texas tea! No! Sacrifices were made, TV shows were not watched, naps were not taken, siestas were not even considered, and many other sacrifices that have not slacked away because they are now successful, but rather sacrifices continue because now they have employees, clients, customers, government, regulators and many other issues to keep them ever busy!
If I were a lawyer, seeing what I have seen, in both ends, even as a poor person, and how often I have seen these things, I would never work for a “poor” person only because of the fact that they are economically disadvantaged. Among the issues that I have seen, of which I cannot give too many details, but I have seen and shown to be deceitful, are employees with overtime reports that were never worked, others, among those poor people that lawyers, judges, court officials, politicians and the clergy love so much; I seen too often, more often than not, people, the “poor” lying to their teeth in court telling things that the person who helped them even with their bad performance, poor work ethics (that’s poverty), shoddy work, using company money and company time to do their own things, such as “work” unrelated to work, customer theft, as the guy who used to charge less to do the work himself on weekends, robbing the customers from the same boss who paid him every week, false accusations of mistreatment, even in occasions when the boss paid this terrible person the time he spent in the hospital, that is, paid his regular salary, for crashing his motorcycle while riding outside of the working hours, and I have seen too many of these things and I am not to develop a sympathy for these guys rendered as “poor and powerless”.
It would be nothing if the courts, magistrates, officers of the legal system, would give heed to the body of evidence presented by the boss, or the wealthy party; but no, after all the other guy is poor so his poverty is a testament that what he is testifying about is truthful and no other piece of evidence can destroy such a truth! It would be nice and really a form of discipline if the system would at least consider these evidences before pushing the “wealthy” party into absurd settlements just because they happen to have hired a deceitful lying two legged animal who happens to be also poor! It would be wonderful if the loser pay, but in order for a loser to exist, the system has to consider evidence, which often, because the other party is poor, they do not! I have no compassion or sympathy for people I describe above even if they have the label of “poor” written all over their victim’s face! They may win a settlement and a sum of money for which they have no right, but guess what? Tomorrow they will get up the same way, be the same losers and soon they will be doing the same for another “wealthy person”. The cycle continues!
If I were an attorney I would defend those against whom lies are being told, evidences are being ignored, and whose voices are not being heard. Oh, the wealthy will continue to do fine! But is that justification enough for courts, judges, lawyers, politicians and particularly the clergy, to be so blindly against the wealthy? I don’t think so! There is no justice for the wealthy!