Friday, June 1, 2007

Something is Very Wrong

There is something very wrong in a world where mothers are so stressed out that they forget they have a child in their car and leave the poor thing to die in the heat; this just happened for the second time this week in Europe.

Yes, we live in hectic times, and everyone is very busy. But when things get this bad, it's time for people to take a good look at how they live and whether it's worth the price. I can't help but think the world would be a better place if people spent less time earning money to live a certain lifestyle and more time together being a family.

Back in 1980, when I was young and dumb, I was offended when we applied for the mortgage for our first home, and the mortgage company would not consider my salary part of our income; at that time, they only counted the husband's salary. But a few years later, banks and mortgage companies began including the wife's salary in their determination of how much house a couple could afford; house prices soon began the incredible ascent that has just leveled off over the past few years.

Now most families are two-income couples. Back then that was not the case. Many people call this progress. But how can we call it progress when parents are so pressed for time and stressed out that they forget where they left their little ones and leave them to die in their cars?

I think everybody needs to take a break and read Margin by Richard Swenson.

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