What Thomas is saying here is actually pretty important. The kind of workplace integrity that he sees in Carol is actually becoming very rare. It’s something he recognizes as a quality he lacks. On other occasions he’s even argued against it because the world is rarely ever so clean cut as to make any one position constantly correct. In my opinion it’s a systematic failure. As companies begin to value their employees less and less said employees, in turn, begin to value their jobs less and less. Even in our currently crippled job market very few people seem to actually value their employment. Of course that’s based on what I’ve seen. Maybe there are places in the country where things are getting better. I wouldn’t know. The long and short of it all is that if a business does right by its employees they will do right by the business, for the most part. Or it was that way at one point. Since the system has been breaking down people have increasingly been of the mindset that they need to screw over the company they work for before the reverse happens. I can’t say I don’t see the logic in that either, but it’s a cycle of deterioration. Until one side decides to make a stand against the deterioration of that social contract things will keep getting worse. It’s not as simple as all that because you have to take into account a lot of outside factors, but this is the simplified state of things as I see it.