I wonder what it is in man that makes him naturally want to exploit the other man. Because I was wearing a white native and looking all bright in my skin color, the guy selling a Blackberry car charger wanted me to pay 900 Naira for it. 900 Naira? For what?! That’s like 6 times the normal price.
I wanted to buy a USB data cable today and the sales person told me it was 10 pounds. USB Data cable- the long black cord that has two heads. I was about to leave and he said “For you, 6 pounds”. Why ‘for me’? Why is he doing me a favor? He doesn’t know me from anywhere. If it was 6 pounds, why didn’t he start with that?
I guess these things will not qualify me as a good negotiator or good businessman in the world’s definitions of those terms, but have you thought that maybe negotiations will be easier if everyone was true to himself. If I don’t pay someone lower than what they deserve and if you don’t sell something for more than its worth, maybe the world would be a better place.
One of the greatest commandments is to love my neighbor as myself. If I truly love my neighbor, I will not want to rip him off. Rather than trying to get to the top by stepping on other people, why don’t we just use ladders?
Food for thought:
What is money without peace?
Luke 6:31 “And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.”