Pam Lazos
4 min readJan 29, 2022

Sacred Commerce and the Twelve Virtues of the Merchant Priest

In November 2017, I posted a book review of Sacred Commerce, followed by a post on the Twelve Virtues of the Merchant Priest, honor, loyalty, nobility, virtue, grace, trust, courage, courtesy, gallantry, authority, service, and humility — traits that “automatically lift us to a higher octave of being.” I was going to do a post each month on the twelve virtues culminating at the end of 2018, but as it does, life got in the way, plus I got hung up a few times trying to find examples for what constituted selfless behavior in a society of me-first individuals. I’m down to the last two — service and humility. And I really can’t think of a better example of service than of our current President, Joe Biden.

Here is Service:

I’ve been a public servant for over 30 years so I know what it is to walk the tightrope of restrictions — Hatch Act; public scrutiny; gift giving; and more — all things most public servants take seriously. But nowhere is that job of public servant more difficult than as president of the United States where being the top executive is like walking the tightrope between the Twin Towers every day. Despite the Herculean effort it takes, President Biden has managed to do it and hold the country together in the process despite the great tug of war between the right and left.

After a single year in office, Biden has dealt with the coronavirus, the January 6th insurrection fallout; removal from Afghanistan; climate change resulting in huge storms and rogue tornadoes; the assault on voting rights; inflation; and a news media that throws shade for sport — and it’s not just Fox News although they are arguably the worst. Could his job be any harder? Despite issues that are magnitudes beyond the normal, Biden has taken them all on with a quiet determination in service to his country no matter what the media says.

He has outperformed the last four decades of American growth with an “unbeatable” economic performance.

Under Biden, unemployment is down, wages are growing, companies’ profit margins are up, and congress passed a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill to repair our roads, bridges, water systems, and more. So why the shade? Are Americans just jaded and contrary?



Pam Lazos

environmental lawyer, writer of the eco-thriller, Oil and Water, and Six Sisters, a collection of novellas, water ninja, striving to live sustainably.