So the wife and I are at dinner with friends catching up. As you’ve no doubt experienced, the conversation went the direction of one of those Family Circus cartoons where the kid was supposed to walk across the street but covered the entire neighborhood instead.

One of the landing points was about small towns, and how WalMart builds a store and puts all the mom-and-pop stores out of business.

“Good. I don’t feel the least bit sorry for those store owners. They didn’t feel sorry for us for all those years they charged way more than fair market value because they were the only store in town.”

Being from St. Louis my whole life it never occurred to me that the small-town grocery owner always had the biggest house, new cars, furs, diamonds., and always seemed to strut about it with an arrogance born out of a lack of empathy for others.

Perspective is an interesting creature.