After yesterday’s post was published a friend emailed me to talk about it. One of her comments was in reference to my recollections of the Christmas lunches my father and grandfather had for their staff — her point being that it was probably those acts of kindness and generosity that were, in large part, what made their employees so loyal.
She was right, of course. My dad and grandfather treated their employees kindly, fairly and respectfully everyday, not just once a year at lunch. And in return, they had virtually
no staff turnover.
The comment got me thinking and, almost immediately, my thoughts turned to that horrible man who occupies the White House. He — who demands loyalty from everyone — yet does absolutely nothing to earn it; or give it, for that matter.
Yet worse still, sadder still, he hasn’t figured out that loyalty must be earned, and cannot be expected, that it isn’t, somehow, owed. He misguidedly thinks that threatening and insulting is the path to loyalty.
This, needless to say, led me to think about his upbringing. He was born to wealthy parents, born literally with a silver spoon in his mouth. But if ever there was a perfect example of how money cannot buy everything, he (Trump) is it. I wasn’t there, living under his roof, so obviously I don’t know this for sure. But from all accounts he was given everything that money can buy.
Sadly, though, it certainly looks as if he wasn’t instilled with any of the values and principles that make us good and decent human beings. The values and principles that one cannot put a price tag on.
Surely if he had been taught these things, if he’d grown up seeing them being practiced, if the example had been set by his parents, he wouldn’t be the unkind, uncharitable, unpleasant, classless individual he is, and always has been. “Qualities,” he seems to be teaching and passing down to his own children, who also think they are above the law and can say and do whatever they please.
That’s one hell of a legacy that family’s leaving. Not one I’d be proud of, for sure. So he can keep his billions, if in fact, he really has them. I’d much rather be me, with my family and my family values.
As for his parents, shame on them. They created this monster, if not entirely than in large part. We are all products of our environment.