What the world needs now in addition to love is wisdom.
Thursday, September 29, 2016
King Solomon, Wise Hatred? Mylan Epipen
Is it wise to hate someone?
In a novel Excerpt, I surmised what King Solomon, based on his proverbs, may have answered the Queen of Sheba’s questions in their biblical meeting. The novel is a contemporary application of a story form to promote understanding of proverbs and ancient wise sayings in relation to our modern times.
“Then there is the man most hated in his community. That man produces grain and refuses to sell it in time of scarcity. He holds back his grain from market to take advantage of obtaining the highest price at the expense of his community without regard for the common good. His opposite sells immediately whatever grain he has. A person motivated by social responsibility instead of maximum gain wins regards and esteem from his community and blessings from his God.” A community curses one who withholds grain, but there is a blessing on the head of one who sells it. (Proverb 11:26)
What is My Point
The above proverb came to my mind as I watched a Senate Hearing Committee today interview executives of Mylan, the drug maker of EpiPen about their price surges. The company raised the list price of the allergy medication 548% over the last nine years, reigniting public outrage over drug prices
While the 3000 year old proverb refers to grain, a food need instead of a drug, the same circumstances apply in my opinion. To someone in need of this lifesaving drug to prevent death from an unexpected allergy attack, it is as critical a need as food to survive.
The firm has a patent which allows them total control of production in the USA, same as an ancient farm owner has total control over his harvest.
I listened to the CEO explain why she believes the price is justified and as a result, her pay increased from two million dollars a year to eighteen million dollars a year which she then stated is an average half way salary amount of compensation for a CEO drug manufacturer.
Then I thought about how typical family medical deductions increased after Obamacare from $250 a year to $4500 a year. Then I thought about another Proverb which I compares in my mind to be a perfect description of the two hands or appendages of this CEO.
The leech has two daughters, Give, Give (Proverb 30:15)s
Are taught to love their enemies. However, I do not consider the CEO zx an enemy. I compare her actions, in my opinion, to be similar to a leech.
You decide if King Solomon’s proverb implies that it is wise or foolish to curse and hate someone who withholds grain from their community, until they Get, Get.