Work hard and you will do well. Don’t worry about what others do, only what you do. Always tell the truth. Don’t sweat the small stuff. The meek shall inherit the earth. Do any of those comments sound familiar? Yet, putting them into practice will likely get you crushed in the world.
Sure, you may think that adhering to antiquated notions like the Golden Rule or being that upright person will make you a better person, but what does that exactly mean and who cares?
No, I honestly think that those maxims are fabrications by the wealthy and powerful to give us hope and reign us in. Point in fact, the Bible as it stands today in the Catholic tradition (not that even more fabricated evangelical movement, which makes even this lapsed Catholic gag at their heretical thoughts and deeds) was fashioned out of several traditions, translated multiple times, slapped together by Synods (notably the Synod of Hippo) and all by the supposed learned and religious castes (most of whom were from the nobility or wealthier classes).
If anything, the rich know how to protect THEMSELVES above all others, so it is no wonder our most notable proverbs seem to only benefit the greedy, rich, and powerful. If you don’t believe me, do your own research into how and who penned some of our more famous quotables. I can tell you up front that not a lot of poor folk had the time nor the education to coin such phrases.
Honestly, the most profound of truths regarding our plight comes to us from the materialist, Hobbes, when he classified humanity as “the life of man, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.”
So, we toil with the dangling hope tied to the stick that both prods us forward and whips us to compliance. We toil and pin the hopes of a better life on such glib phrases that are supposed to inspire us such as “Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity than a rich man who is crooked in his ways.”
And the sheep go baaaa—aaaaaa. Bleat on, you poor wretches, right until they draw the knife across your throat.
This week we were witness to the theater of the absurd in our political system. We pinned hopes that we would continue to see relief from high medical costs through the ACA, while uncaring politicians, who know little about health care, played golf or basked in the joy that the ACA would fall to their machinations. The rich fiddled, while we burned.
Yet, despite the support for healthcare for us, the normals, here in the US, those pampered, privileged, and uncaring rich scum, promised to continue to fight for overthrowing the ACA to replace it with their version of tax relief for their friends.
I do believe that a purge is necessary: A purge of the wealthy from our politic system.
Our representatives always throw out Biblical quotes to prove their religiousness, well, I have one that seems to be over-looked:
1 Corinthians 4:20: For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.
It is high time that we seize power, my friends, before the wealthy and elite take us further down a path of destruction. Let us show them power.