In the USA, this is Labor Day weekend. For many, this simply means another long weekend during which millions will hit the road in their fossil fuel powered vehicles to enjoy a holiday, but will also inevitably wreak havoc on one another to the tune of 500 deaths and 25,000 disabling injuries - not counting the ongoing casualties being incurred to secure the necessary fossil fuel. The carnage will go mostly unnoticed by those not afflicted. If it happened every year in airplanes, you'd never hear the end of it. Go figure.
But the real meaning of this holiday is of course more weighty than just a long weekend get-away.
Samuel Gompers, founder and longtime president of the American Federation of Labor said, "Labor Day differs in every essential way from the other holidays of the year in any country. All other holidays are in a more or less degree connected with conflicts and battles of man's prowess over man, of strife and discord for greed and power, of glories achieved by one nation over another. Labor Day...is devoted to no man, living or dead, to no sect, race, or nation."
Labor Day is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.
Every enterprise requires ideas, capital, and labor. Sometimes a person does all three. Each is important, and none could achieve anything without the others. Today we celebrate the laborors, the salt of the earth. Wherever you are and whatever you do, have a great Labor Day.