Alison sits in her final accounting class at Berkeley. She was analytical by nature. She is outgoing but reserved enough to avoid playing all her cards in the world around her. She did not take part in any demonstrations or other organized group activities such as a sorority instead she chose to spend her time keeping up with all her academic demands. She read a lot of traditional classics, such as Atlas Shrugged, Fountainhead, The Jungle, Grapes of Wrath, and In Search of Meaning. With what little free time she had, she read topics she knew would help her later in life. Her father gave her the gifts of 3 classics he had collected earlier in his life. They included Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, Power of Positive Thinking by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, and How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. She also focused on books relating to management styles, human character development, motivation, and the meaning of existence. Her favorite authors included Milton Friedman, Peter Drucker, Earl Nightingale, Viktor Frankl, and Ralph Waldo Emerson. She particularly appreciated Emerson’s essay on Self-Reliance written in 1841.
Early in her life, she learned to appreciate the struggle between the collectivist and parasitic classes, the classes of people who want to make a living on the backs of the capitalists and taxpayers. She learned that self-sufficiency and individualism are ideals to strive for. She realized the argument that productive and creative members of society want to contribute, which includes paying taxes, but retain the opinion that their knowledge, wisdom, talent, intellectual capital and resulting creative output belong to them, and not a parasitical regulatory agency or the state.
Her major was accounting with a minor in finance. She had always dreamed of becoming a CPA. From her early upbringing, individual accountability and self-sufficiency were drilled into her by her father who owned and operated a few Goodyear Tire Stores. She gained work experience over the summers and school breaks as she would do his accounting and eventually acted as a general manager for one of his stores. She developed an awareness of what it took to get salable skills for entry into the job market. Customer service, compassion, tenacity, and just plain hard work came naturally. She adopted the strategy of making a profit, instead of a loss, or a break even in her father’s business.
After graduating from Berkeley and getting her CPA designation, she found employment with one of the Big Four accounting firms in the USA.
The re-acquaintance of an old friend from college occurred when she was assigned to do the tax returns for his parents’ firm. The acquaintance’s name was Atticus.
The adage of “opposites attract” rang true. After a few months of playing catch up the friendship turned into something more. They looked forward to seeing each other, and dates became more frequent. A magic moment arrived when both agreed to be exclusive.
After a year of dating the topic of the future and family was a frequent discussion. She had always dreamed about having a traditional family, 2 or 3 kids, a home of their own, cats, dogs. The conversations were complex since they came from such different backgrounds.
Remember that Atticus was a sociology major that developed limited salable skills for today’s job market. He had spent the past few years working as a high school teacher. He taught kids to follow his path, both politically, and culturally. Historical revisionism comes in handy when teaching kids to demand social justice for all mankind, but no mention of skills necessary to make a living, other than living on someone’s else’s tax dollars. Why not get a labor union job teaching kids and working only one half of the year?
Alison who was well on her way to becoming a lead CPA at her accounting firm made almost 3 times what Atticus made at his teaching job. They both agreed that having kids was their number one priority, the compromise solution was brought up first by Alison, who said she could be the primary breadwinner, and Atticus agreed to become a stay at home dad.
You may be curious about what occurred after their first and second child came. Atticus reversed his ideas when it came to his contentiousness and selfishness. He understood, accepted, and enjoyed that life was no longer about himself, but about them, meaning his children, family, and even his friendships. He had a few real friends, as distinguished from his thousand on-line friends from the past. All his old on-line friendships disintegrated when he chose to become a productive member of society.
It remains a fact that by growing a family; we grow through gaining experience intolerance, risk, happiness and giving to others. He understood that he now lived in a world that was not about him. He became accustomed to nurturing the pleasures of giving to others and sharing in their success and they all lived happily after.
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