What Have We Wrought?

 

I’m sure you’ve heard about the arrest of Martin Shkreli, the now-former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals who raised the price of a lifesaving medicine from $13.50 per pill to $750 per pill literally overnight.

The company was fine with charging $13.50 per pill on Monday.  What happened?  What changed?  What could possibly have motivated them to raise the price of that same pill 4,000 percent on Tuesday, other than pure greed?

Is this what our society has come to?  Are we now raising a generation of young people who have absolutely no moral compass whatsoever?  Is a person’s worth as a human being now to be determined by their capacity to generate a fortune for someone else?

Mr.  Shkreli has done more in these past few weeks to hold up a mirror to our society than any theologian or philosopher has been able to do in the past thirty years.

Let’s be honest with our kids … Let’s be brutally honest:  Forget science and technology … forget our society’s endless pontificating about the importance of STEM (Read:  Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).  It seems that our young people have learned all too well what our society REALLY values:  Grab The Cash and Go.  It doesn’t matter HOW you make your money or who you step on (or over) in the process, just so long as YOU make a pile.

Grab the waterfront house, the Porsche, and the sole existing copy of Wu-Tang Clan’s latest album.  Your “stuff”, the bling, what people see on the surface — that’s what REALLY matters (and if you should be caught making your fortune illegally … hey, that’s what lawyers are for).

Had Mr. Shkreli not been caught (allegedly) engaging in securities fraud, certain sectors of our society would be praising him to the heavens as a savvy businessman.

Man is more than a mere animal that lusts and grabs for its existence.  To be human is to possess a conscience (I wonder if Mr. Shkreli himself would mind his being deprived of a lifesaving drug for want of his ability to pay its exorbitant cost).

The mere fact that we as a society CAN do something … that we are CAPABLE of doing something … does not in and of itself necessitate that we SHOULD do it.

“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have”  (Hebrews 13:5).

 

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