Sunday, February 12, 2006

Make your employer rich, yourself poor

What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it.
- J.D. Salinger, writer (1919- )

It's unfortunate that more people will never experience the sensation that Salinger had.

In Canada, a modern post-industrial nation of fairly well educated people, only six percent of its citizens read more than three books per year. This percentage is even high compared to citizens of other G8 nations.

Each adult must make a choice about whether to devote himself to improving himself or to improving the lot of his employer. Most people in industrial and post-industrial nations choose to work toward improving the lot of their employer, but give lip service to improving the welfare of their families. Some work longer hours, some watch more television, but they don't read to improve themselves.

The welfare of a family is not improved significantly by the breadwinner making more more money if it means that the working person spends less time building a sound and healthy family life.

People in Western societies work hard to make their employers successful because they are taught that financial and business successes are the prime components for life success. They don't know any other ways to improve their own lives because they aren't taught any. They don't read to find any themselves.

TIA believes that each person should know how to improve their own life and how to make the lives of their family members better, with the family being more cohesive and mutually supportive. To that end, the book provides guides for teachers and parents as to how to accomplish this.

Bill Allin
'Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems,' striving to give each person the tools to improve their own life.
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