A comment on the comments

In about 10 minutes, I'll be leaving to head up to Temple Hospital to cover the nurses and allied professionals rally. But before I go, I'd like to offer a comment on the comments that have been on our website concerning this strike. 

Putting aside whether the strikers' issues are legitimate or not, is it important in our world for everyone to be as poorly off as some are? Some comments say, in effect, "Welcome to the real world, where nobody has anything." 

Lots of us don't have the benefits that others have, but does that mean that nobody should have them? 

Among my friends are college professors. Their kids have a tuition benefit. My kids don't. I wish they did. I wish I did. I'd love to go back to school. Our company doesn't offer it. I wish it did. But that doesn't mean that I'd like those college professors not to have the tuition benefit. I have a relative who got her master's degree on the company dime. Good for her. Do I want her to give it back because she didn't have to pay for it? 

Why do we all begrudge each other everything? It's one thing to begrudge if someone's benefit is coming at your direct expense. Then, you have a justice issue. But otherwise, why? If everyone in the middle class becomes poor, who will contribute to the poor? Who will have the ability to raise a helping hand to the others? 

Are the demands of the Temple strikers' reasonable? That'll get resolved at the bargaining table, if the two sides ever return to negotiate. Everyone knows the state of the economy, and everyone knows that every worker can't get all he'd like. In the meantime, I'd like to see a little more generosity of spirit and a willingness to encourage each other to succeed.