Sometimes you have to separate the corporate or legal entity from the people who have the duty to carry out its imperatives.

The laws in your city or state may be just and fair but perhaps the police act with bias and corruption.  Or the other way around: the laws may be enacted to please bigots but the policing is as humane as they can make it, sometimes at great personal cost.

The system we're in can shape who we are to the world but it doesn't have the final word.  Employees of the most evil corporation in the world can still provide good customer service.  And of course, neither the faceless entity nor the individual in its employ is ever purely good or purely evil.  It's always more complicated.

But then, that doesn't make as good a meme, now, does it.

This article was updated on May 9, 2023

David F