The following dialogue was inspired by a story, not too uncommon, about two groups, quite different, who are united by a common cause, or so one wants the other to believe.
- Billionaire: “Workers! You must strike, you are being exploited by those billionaire fat cats. They pay you low wages, you have no health insurance…”
- Workers: “But, sir, aren’t you also a billionaire?”
- Billionaire: “Well, yes, I have been very fortunate, but unlike the fat cats who are exploiting you I have a social conscience.”
- Workers: “But we know people who work in your factory, they say you pay them even less than we are paid.”
- Billionaire: “Well, that’s exactly what the exploiters want us to do to, they want us to turn on one another.”
- Workers: “But, with all due respect, you are not one of us.”
- Billionaire: “I am like an honorary worker, I can tell you the other billionaires, they don’t want me in their country club. Now, what reason would I have to support your cause other than support of social justice?”
- Workers: “Well, the factory we work in is in competition with yours. If a strike shuts down our factory, you would financially benefit.”
Right now, some of the workers are at the fourth statement. But someday they may reach the end.