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Culture of Greed

When I saw the billboard for this movie last year, I thought I had seen everything, but apparently, I was mistaken.

This culture is in STEEP decline.

7 Comments:

At Wednesday, March 15, 2006, Anonymous Aquino said...

Bush senior quote:

Why do people always make issues a class thing?

No quotation marks because it went something like the above.

This is coming from somebody that inherited their wealth and didn't have to earn it!

It's estimated that 65% of wealth in the U.S. is actually inherited wealth.

A rude awakening is just over the horizon.

 
At Wednesday, March 15, 2006, Blogger qrswave said...

The problem isnt so much with wealth that's inherited, but with wealth that's begotten by wealth, i.e., by sucking the lifeblood out of borrowers.

 
At Wednesday, March 15, 2006, Anonymous Aquino said...

qrswave,

Inherited wealth has the characteristic curse of not being "earned."

It also has the inherited quality about it that suggests "class" and not necessarily service to others.

"It is far easier for a camel to go thru the eye of a needle than it is for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of heaven."

How can you value something you have not, yourself, labored to obtain? Wisdom is learned in the same manner. Or is wisdom not practical?

A sane society provides all with the ability and needs to live like a human being, that is, in communion with others in cooperation and humility (gratefulness).

 
At Wednesday, March 15, 2006, Blogger qrswave said...

"A sane society provides all with the ability and needs to live like a human being, that is, in communion with others in cooperation and humility (gratefulness)."

No decent person would dispute this.

I only point out that wealth that is gotten in the first instance through LABOR should not be considered 'unearned' just because it's inherited as a gift. Indeed, the person who inherits must have given some intangible value to the deceased. (Even spoiled kids are a source of happiness to their parents.)

The real problem is people "collecting" money on their capital or assets in the form of lease payments, interest, or royalities.

When money is "made" in that manner it is a crime against humanity as it is nothing but exploitation made possible by monopolizing the money supply, and subsequently all the world's real assets.

It's the fraudulent monetary system coupled with the exploitative instrument called interest (and intellectual property) that results in the obscene disparities of wealth we see today. It simply would not exist otherwise.

All of these legal fictions, by the way, are defended in the name of "incentive" otherwise known as GREED.

 
At Wednesday, March 15, 2006, Anonymous Aquino said...

qrswave,

Thank you for your explanation.

Although, I have a little difficulty in reconciling the quote below,...


"It's the fraudulent monetary system coupled with the exploitative instrument called interest (and intellectual property) that results in the obscene disparities of wealth we see today. It simply would not exist otherwise.

All of these legal fictions, by the way, are defended in the name of "incentive" otherwise known as GREED."

...since I'm not sure of what "fraudulent monetary system" or "intellectual property" has to do with wealth during the time of Christ? Didn't the young man (sin-"miss the target") not understand the invitation of His message to sell everything he owned and give it to the poor and "Follow me"? Or is this considered no longer necessary?

I don't think you meant that Christ's message was a "moral fiction." Am I right in assuming this? The call to poverty is not a call to destitution but it is a call to sacred contingency.

Difficult isn't it!

 
At Thursday, March 16, 2006, Blogger qrswave said...

Aquino, thanks for your reply.

God forbid. I never said that the message the prophet Jesus conveyed was anything but the truth and a blessing from God.

Indeed poverty in the time that Jesus walked the earth was necessary because technology was not available to meet most people's needs through cooperation and planning. Sacrifice is always needed to break the chains of oppression.

In contrast, today technology abounds, but what remains lacking is cooperation and brotherhood. Instead we are overwhelmed by selfishness, oppression(monopolies), and greed.

There was a massive fraudulent and oppressive monetary system in the time of Jesus. And Jesus unequivocally condemned it.

And although I am not familiar with the historical record I would be surprised if there weren't means by which merchants secured monopolies on trade and resources in the time of Jesus. Essentially, that is what intellectual property is, nothing but a modern means to monopolize.

 
At Friday, March 17, 2006, Anonymous Aquino said...

qrswave,

Islam is very specific about the limitations of profit as it is an allowance of a discipline based on religious, social and cultural mores. Western cultures, especially the US, which is a de-facto secular state, where Sharia is a religious tribal and cultural discipline. Shame is not practice here. No one is responsible to anyone in a culture that believes in "rugged individualism."

I wish it were not true.

May God have mercy on us.

 

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