Signs of the Times

[Rev. James Reid, M. A., in the British Weekly, London, England]

Many a so-called friendship breaks down because on the part of one there is a subtle desire to dominate.... What we call love may be corrupted by this desire of power, and our affection for the other may become only the satisfaction of unconscious pride. Because of this, strain often breaks out between parents and children. We may seek to dominate our children, to coerce them. We try to make them into the image of ourselves, or more often of what we have not been able to be. "What she called love," says a writer of the mother in one of his books, "was only her enjoyment of her son's leaning on her." He was slave, not friend. Is not this distinction also the key to the age-long conflict between masters and men? Peace will never really come into industry till this demand for a real partnership ... is understood. It will come when we learn to say, in effect, to those who work for us, whether in the home or elsewhere, "Henceforth I call you not slaves, but friends."

May 13, 1933

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