Warning. If you plan to start a business, open a store, run a website, or practically do anything else in the known universe any time soon, listen up.
The world in which you created your business is not the world in which your business will continue to grow and thrive.
The world you were born into will not be the world in which you die.
This is the long way around for me to talk about Chick-Fil-A.
First and foremost, the fast food chain’s sandwiches are awesome. I will miss them. Until something changes though, I’m leaving this restaurant.
The owners of the chicken sandwich restaurant chain have taken a stand against gays and gay marriage. News reports say this company gives or has given dollars to anti-gay organizations, like Focus on the Family.
This is not me waving the rainbow flag. I have gay friends and adore all of them. I don’t want to live in a world without gay people.
But here’s the rub.
The chain began in the 1960s with its founder Truett Cathy, a smart man, a family man, religious, with a keen sense of business.
In the 1960s, it was easy to be a gay basher. To call them fags and queers and homos and whatever else. Many people in the world would’ve joined right in.
But see, nowadays, the world you were born into is not the world in which you will die. During the Medieval period, you could live your whole life and not one thing would change. No new inventions, ideas, books, or changes in societal norms. This is not true today.
The world is overwhelmingly recognizing the gay lifestyle as acceptable.
There are still people, including the owners of Chick-Fil-A, who are clinging to the old world ideals. Maybe they are afraid. Probably superstitious. At worst, they may even be filled with hatred at those who are different.
To the owners of Chick-Fil-A, it’s still 1967. They are still looking around for people to laugh with them at their jokes about queers and lesbos. And the people who are laughing with them are quickly diminishing.
So, instead of seeing the world has changed and changing with it, Chick-Fil-A has dug in its heels and said it’s not budging.
That’s fine. You don’t have to participate in the future. The future doesn’t care.
The boycotts are beginning. Me included. Student organizations are having Chick-Fil-A chains removed from their campuses, and the mayors of some towns say the restaurant is not welcome to open new stores in their cities until something changes.
What can us future future-dwellers do?
We can hope that Chick-Fil-A abandons its socially ugly stances and join the rest of us who are trying to improve understanding in the world.
Until then, maybe it’s time to get back on one of those organic salad diets.
Come on Chick-Fil-A. Get with it. I already miss your tasty goodness inside two buns.