In March of 1981, Ronald Reagan was shot by John Hinckley, Jr. Our president spent several weeks in the hospital. During his recovery, the nation's work continued without a glitch. There was no slump in the economy, nor was there an international catastrophe.
Five years later on July 10, 1986, the garbage collectors in Philadelphia went on strike. The city soon became a pile of rotting garbage. Businesses closed because it was impossible to get rid of any waste they generated. The city was paralyzed.
Imagine if the garbage collectors in all our major cities went on strike. It would not be long before the country was in crisis.
So who is more important: the president or garbage collectors? There is strength in setting aside our personal needs for the good of the whole and there is power in unity. Our importance in life is only understood as it relates to others.