Gathering information before suggesting action
This behavior can be witnessed in many situations, including interactions where people feel as if they have been taken advantage of by a corporation.
Would it make sense to say in our personal lives?
For example, imagine if someone told you “you could buy me that vehicle over there, and it wouldn’t even financially hurt you because you’re so well off.” At first glance, the people in the room might believe the statement. After all, you look to be generally well off, organized, and have some nice possessions, to boot. There’s only one thing that these people do not know, however: the numbers. From the outside, no one would know that you recently invested your money into a new company and that you had to take out a loan to do so. From the outside, no one knows all of the expenses and bills that you are responsible for. And finally, no one knows the specific things that you spend your money on or donate to. Once these facts are understood, however, it can be recognized that saying “you could buy me that vehicle – it wouldn’t financially hurt you” would be an extremely out-of-touch statement.
Caution against vilifying a system based on a few bad guys
As much as we would hate having people make statements about what we should or shouldn’t do without understanding the details of our situation, people all across the country still feel as if they can judge what a business should or should not do while being unaware of the specific situation that such a business is in. If we are honest with ourselves, I believe that we would be better suited spending less time complaining about corporations we know little about and more time building businesses of our own. For the unfortunate byproduct of this anti-business sentiment is that there is less public interest in creating value through business since they are often deemed as “evil” entities. We have to get back to a mindset that appreciates what businesses and corporations accomplish while understanding that just like anything else in this world, the operation of a business can be abused. Let’s just make sure we don’t call apple trees bad because of a few worms in some of the fruit.