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Mother’s Day?


It is all rather touching.

The obvious sincerity that goes into merchandising (I must have meant celebrating?)

Here is a 2022 Report that (gain)says it all(https://www.business.org/hr/workforce-management/paid-maternity-leave-across-the-world/).

The United States is the only country in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to provide zero paid maternity, paternity, and parental leave. Any paid parental leave is either an added employer benefit or taken from the employee’s personal or sick leave. Compared to the rest of the world, the US doesn’t compete when it comes to guaranteed paid maternity leave.

In fact, the US ranks 33rd, or last,in this regard, in that high income/industrialised comity of nations.
But why should we let facts muddle things up?

They may be stubborn things [Bernard Mandeville, An Enquiry into the Origin of Honor, and the Usefulness of Christianity in War (1732)], of course.

But they are also, surely, sordid?
No matter.

Let us celebrate maternity, even if we make it as onerous as can be in everyday life for most women
in the public work-force.

Never mind the tokenism.

Mom gets her One Day: why should anyone carp?

She has at least 364 left to wonder why a regular mother’s day never ends.
As for our canny marketeers, one wonders: when will they dream up sisters, brothers, and grandparents, to include in the fest?

How did the fabled ‘market’ miss the lush opportunities vesting in that?

I can only wonder.
But, more seriously: it is time for an urgent transvaluation of values in our Modern world.

Before values themselves are rendered utterly devoid of value.

As it is, we are almost there, already.


To conclude, here’s my suggested motto, for Mother’s Day:-

Since mothers can’t be everywhere, we invented God.

[©R.Kanth, 2022]

Professor Rajani Kanth, is Author of Coda, A Day in the Life, and Expiations

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