Mitt Romney received much criticism for saying during his 2012 presidential campaign that “corporations are people, my friend.” In the same connection, liberals (though not all) have rallied behind the idea that, by their very nature, corporations cannot hold religious beliefs for purposes of the First Amendment.
But Romney was right. Corporations have feelings and emotions — like pride, disappointment, and humility — and they are capable of feeling hurt.
Sure, corporations can seem cold and distant. But sometimes they express their true emotions. Consider this recent statement by the Mozilla Corporation:
We take pride in being nice. We try not to hurt people’s feeling. But sometimes we do.
We’re sorry when we hurt people’s feelings. We know we must do better.
We believe in all things that are good. It’s not always easy to figure out which things (gay marriage) are better than others (free speech). But we try hard to figure this out
We’re sorry when we don’t figure it out soon enough. We know we must do better.
It is painful to us when we make people angry. We don’t want to make people angry. But sometimes we do.
This makes us sad. We’re sorry it happens.
We are humbled by the knowledge that we sometimes make people angry. We know we must do better.
So please, please, please, don’t stay angry at us. We want so badly for you to like us.
Thank you for not hating us.
Only people can have such noble and heartfelt sentiments.