One thought that keeps coming up over recent years is that "businesses are owned by real people - business owners are people too."
The thought is normally triggered when there's a dispute between a consumer or employee(s) and a business, and reports invariably portray the consumer or employee as "real people" suffering consequences, whereas I'm yet to see the same human interest value attributed to the business side of the equation.
And yet behind every SMME are real people, quite often suffering just as much anguish - perhaps even more.
This one's a little different though.
Wendy Machinik has spoken up about the events that lead to her fall. The story is fairly neutral, I guess - but I suspect many a business owner will recognise an all too human trait on display; many business owners really are emotionally attached to their businesses.
Quite often too emotionally attached.
And it does affect our judgement.