We are afloat in a virtual ocean of relationships every day. We have to be able to swim to truly live in this world.
Some float by in their life jackets. Others use boats to ride by without getting wet. Both miss experiencing the ocean - the danger, the excitement and the joy of real relationships.
Good relationships are key to a successful society. Here I not only refer to good business relationships or stable political relationships, but in fact the intimate relationships that have been disappearing steadily - relationships between man and wife, brothers and sisters, and friends. Our value systems have become corrupted by the subjective post-modern era we live in – we are now all rebels without a cause!
We don't want to waste time swimming through relationships that might keep us from realizing our own potential. We would rather start the engine on our power boat and cut across the surface, i.e., use people to get where we want to go. This has become the pragmatic approach to relationships.