It’s easy to talk about fair business when you’ve never been a business person yourself or have never been exposed to all of the problems of managing one. It surely is possible to grow a business that would be able of generating millions of dollars (or more) in a given time span, or one that would be entirely ethical from an employee’s perspective. However, this issue is more of a trade-off rather than a fully harmonious coexistence between the two.
Theresa Searcaigh, an Irish-American author of literary fantasy genre novels, posted a tweet asking the internet why billionaires like Jeff Bezos don’t use their wealth to start fixing things like helping homeless veterans and hungry children. According to her, “he could be Batman,” but it’s all “wasted.”
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A Tumblr user by the nickname of olivesawl posted a response to this, explaining how people who do business with a mindset of using their profits to further humanity don’t really become people like Bezos.
He told a story about his dad, a businessman of 35 years, who had a business that was profitable, but it did not really expand. And the underlying reason was that it is nearly impossible to do business this way without climbing on someone’s back. He elaborates on this in the photos below.
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Olivesawl told a story of how his dad saw and did business, not trying to take advantage of the people involved in it. He never waited to be a good human being when it came to business, always choosing his employees’ health over profits and going to such lengths as to dock his own salary in order to make sure his employees’ needs and securities were met. And he was proud of it.
Another user, earlgreytea86, added to this by also talking about his own father, and how this same decision led their family to live a good and prosperous life and how they don’t need to be billionaires to do good in life through their business.
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While for some this was a mind-blowing reality check, many online were already aware of this, sharing their own stories and thoughts about the business. The reblog was a success on Tumblr, accumulating over 63,000 notes, but it also found its way to Imgur recently, where it garnered over 188,000 views in under a day.