Meaning of Money
Part 6
Spiritual motives for money


    a. Saints
    b. Sinners
    c. Satans


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a. Saints

Saints need money to accomplish the socially beneficial goals to which they have dedicated their lives. Economics is often defined as the concern for the efficient allocation of scarce resources. One measure of the spiritual maturity of a society can perhaps be measured by the economic portion that it allocates to its saints.

Muhammad Yunus is a Bangladeshi banker and economist. As a professor of economics he developed the concept of microcredit. These loans are given to entrepreneurs too poor to qualify for traditional bank loans. Yunus is the founder of Grameen Bank.

In the past year the first U.S. branch of his Grameen Bank has lent $1.5 million, ranging from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars, to nearly 600 women with small business plans in the New York borough of Queens.

  


Muhammad Yunus
(born 28 June 1940)
2006 Nobel Peace Prize

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b. Sinners

Sinners, which means the most of us, strive in our day to day lives to achieve balanced lives in supporting our families and in being a benefit to society. There is one particular category of people for which the problems have so often become so overwhelming that they have committed suicide. It happens so often that I call it the farmer's disease. I have met it personally among family and friends.

I can't think of a much tougher life (unless it would be an Inuit) than walking along barefoot behind a ox trying to pull a stick through the ground. But, that is not what drives these farmers to suicide. What finally gets them is the changing cultural times in which they don't have the traditional markets and resources and end up with about $20 thousand dollars of debt.

It is the embarrassment and guilt about not being able to pay their debts that finally does them in. In other words, what kills them is the money system.

    “Andana and Lehra blocks of Moonak subdivision in Sangrur alone have reported 1,360 farmers’ suicides between 1998 and 2005. If all of Punjab’s 138 blocks show roughly the same level of suicides, the number would exceed 40,000 for the given period.”

No need here to go into the many impacting aspects of the farm situation everywhere. The falling water table, the competition with imports, the imposition of governmental controls, the costs of fertilizers and seeds, the competitive impacts of economies of scale, changing weather patterns and so forth.

Technological, economic and sociological changes affect people everywhere, but it is often the unnecessary restraints of the monetary system that make it impossible for them to make a viable response. It is solutions in this latter area to which this series of presentations is addressing itself.

  

Note by Bruce:

Sometimes in the game of life as in the board game 'Monopoly' everything gets all piled up in one place. It has happened in centuries past with kings, religious leaders, landowners, and so forth. The current problem is with corporations, government and financial institutions. These have currently all leagued together.

Once one player in the game owns / controls all the marbles, chips or whatever - the game ends and the same is true is real life. There needs to be a way to restart the game.

The Bible recommends a jubile year every fifty year where debts are forgiven:

      Leviticus 25:10

      And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubile unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family.

      25:13 In the year of this jubile ye shall return every man unto his possession.

Well - not likely that 3,000-year-old solution is going to happen today - so, what is likely to happen is the 'modern solution' instead - which is warfare to distract the people from their personal problems. Since this is now a world-wide problem it will require a world-wide solution and the modern technology is nuclear.

In the meantime individuals will have to deal with their problems on a personal level and since suicide is not a solution for the soul they may try bankruptcy, going on welfare (if it is still available), and so forth - while those corporations that are 'too big to fail' will continue to pay their executives million dollar bonuses.

c. Satans

Satans, however, at least in the past, have almost universally been the ones in control of society and money. The study of ponerology shows us how sociopathic individuals are motivated by greed for power, influence, and control and because of this complete devotion to their personal ends are able to overwhelm the meek, the generous and the tolerant. The satans in their process take on the coloration of opposite qualities to such an extent that they self-righteously believe the lies that they tell about themselves that they are devoted to truth, beauty and justice and are only concerned about the welfare of society.

For a full discussion on the subject of ponerology and how satans control society - see my web page on that subject.

Will Smith
on Satans


Willard Christopher Smith, Jr.
born September 25, 1968
Honoree of the
Simon Wiesenthal Center highest honor,
2009 Humanitarian award
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"Even Hitler didn't wake up going, 'let me do the most evil thing I can do today.' I think he woke up in the morning and using a twisted, backwards logic, he set out to do what he thought was 'good'. Stuff like that just needs reprogramming."

Martha Stout, Ph.D.

An interjection by Bruce:

It is almost (I should probably remove the qualification 'almost') impossible for ordinary people to imagine the mind set of those who presently rule over the political and economic systems of this planet.

From -
The Sociopath Next Door
The Ruthless vs. The Rest of Us

"Imagine - if you can - not having a conscience, none at all, no feelings of guilt or remorse no matter what you do, no limiting sense of concern of the well-being of strangers, friends, or even family members. Imagine no struggles with shame, not a single one in your whole life, no matter what kind of selfish, lazy, harmful, or immoral action you had taken. And pretend that the concept of responsibility is unknown to you, except as a burden others seem to accept without question, like gullible fools. Now add to this strange fantasy the ability to conceal from other people that your psychological makeup is radically different from theirs. Since everyone simply assumes that conscience is universal among human beings, hiding the fact that you are conscience-free is nearly effortless. You are not held back from any of your desires by guilt or shame, and you are never confronted by others for your cold-bloodedness. The ice water in your veins is so bizarre, so completely outside of their personal experience that they seldom even guess at your condition.

In other words, you are completely free of internal restraints, and your unhampered liberty to do just as you please, with no pangs of conscience, is conveniently invisible to the world. You can do anything at all, and still your strange advantage over the majority of people, who are kept in line by their consciences, will most likely remain undiscovered.

How will you live your life? What will you do with your huge and secret advantage, and with the corresponding handicap of other people (conscience)? The answer will depend largely on just what your desires happen to be, because people are not all the same."


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