Stranger in a Strange Land: The Importance of Remembering and the Consequences of Forgetting

13 Pages Posted: 4 Apr 2015

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Hershey H. Friedman

City University of New York - Department of Business Management

Linda Weiser Friedman

Baruch College, CUNY - Zicklin School of Business; CUNY - The Graduate Center

Date Written: April 2, 2015

Abstract

Anthony Burgess once said: “It's always good to remember where you come from and celebrate it. To remember where you come from is part of where you're going.” The United States must wake up and recognize that there are many urgent problems that need fixing. For one, 25% of children in the United States live in poverty – the highest among all developed nations. The income of the middle class peaked in 1999 and has been either stagnant or declining since then. The Bible actually states the secret of what it takes for a country (or individual) to prosper. Moses mentioned it several times in the Book of Deuteronomy a few weeks before he died – shortly before the Israelites entered the Promised Land. Moses emphasized the importance of “And you shall remember that you were slaves in Egypt.” A country that thrives is one where the people remember the hardships that their own families had to endure in the past, and then do everything possible for others to succeed. We cannot remain a world power if we have no compassion for those struggling to make ends meet, i.e., the working poor and undocumented immigrants.

Keywords: Bible, compassion for the poor, immigrants, working poor

JEL Classification: J50, M12, M14, M54

Suggested Citation

Friedman, Hershey H. and Friedman, Linda Weiser, Stranger in a Strange Land: The Importance of Remembering and the Consequences of Forgetting (April 2, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2589389 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2589389

Hershey H. Friedman (Contact Author)

City University of New York - Department of Business Management ( email )

Linda Weiser Friedman

Baruch College, CUNY - Zicklin School of Business ( email )

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New York, NY 10010
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