Have you ever looked around and realized that everything is utterly fantastic? It used to not happen as much for me, but I’m working on it, and this morning it really hit me. I’m in Madison, Wisconsin - a city that some people would argue is incredibly ugly with its ecclectic mix of once “modern” architecture, yet a city that others are convinced is the most beautiful place on earth - the capital, two lakes, a beautiful lakeshore area, the list goes on and on.
Well today, I was walking down State Street on my way to class, and I realized the greatness of business. I’m a business major, and sometimes, also being Catholic, I feel extremely guilty about it. Business has this reputation for being evil, of existing for the sole purpose of generating as much profit as possible for greedy executives while exploiting the common man.
However, I argue that business is wonderful. Have you ever realized that every business exists for the sole purpose of making you a happier person? Businesses, at least in capital economies, can only exist if they’re satisfying the customer. As soon as a business makes a decision or starts putting out products or services that upset their customers, that business will be no more. Which means, as consumers, we have an incredible power over our society and our economy. We get to decide what is right and what is wrong practice in the market place.
Now that I’m in college, people are always telling me that I can change the world. And you know what? I believe it. I’m excited to go into an industry that I can affect from the inside and the outside. Majoring in marketing, I am merely performing a service for the people. I am finding products and services that I believe are good for society and getting the word out about them. As a consumer, I can support the products and services I enjoy by spending my money on them. On the other hand, I can also send a message to the products and services I believe are detrimental to society by boycotting them.
We all have this power as members of an economy. When making decisions, remember to keep God in mind. God doesn’t hate business. There is a lot of stuff out there that can do a lot to improve our lives, our society, and bring us closer to the Lord.
So, appreciate the businesses around you. Realize that they have one goal in mind - to make you as happy a person as you can be. That’s what God wants for you too!