It matters not if there is the heaven as our religions describe it. Yet, there must be something more vital and more sustained than what we now exist in. Why? Well, look around you, and study history. All we find is that there have, it seems, always been those among us who wanted more and more. Whether wealth was determined by how much gold, silver, or whatever the precious material was that everyone sought after, there was always (sadly) the haves and the have nots. Was this our purpose, the meaning for our very mortality, or the result of the free will programmed into our brains by whomever or whatever created us? My friend Jose, a healer and teacher, says that there is no God. He says that the universe is simply made up of Love or the vibration of what we call Love. Most, if not all religions, say that there is a creator, a God, who loves and forgives us. To this writer, the bottom line is that this third dimension cannot be the finality of it all. How can it when we have such violence, greed, arrogance, and injustice, exploitation… and people like Romney, Gingrich and Santorum running for the highest office in the land?
You walk into a CVS Pharmacy store. You wait for help. Why? Well, they keep cutting staff to save money. OK, you say, well, things are bad all over, why not at CVS? Then you read that their CEO earned over 40 million dollars last year. Forty million, when his full time employees (if there even are many at all, other than managers and pharmacists), are most likely earning less than $10 and hour!
You turn on the boob tube and watch C-Span’s coverage of the Congress. Did you know that almost 50%, or 250 congressional reps, are millionaires? The top 10, those who earn in the mega millions a year, are strictly bipartisan in their wealth. Democrats and Republicans equally fall into the category of less than ½ of 1% of our population! You want these people to watch out for YOU!? How many of them, and even most of those in Congress, need to worry about their next mortgage or rent payment? How many of them have to worry about how to save a tooth when it needs a Root Canal and Crown with a total cost of over $2000? We have 50+ million Americans with absolutely no health insurance, and perhaps another 100 million with terrible insurance coverage. Of course, millionaires need not worry about doctor bills. Why should they?
Is there such a thing as Karma, you know “as ye sow so shall ye reap”and all that? Well, it seems that all religions preach about how we all are “Our brother’s keeper”. If that is so, then how do we reconcile the fact that so few of us has so much of our accumulated wealth? If a fraction of 1% of us has so much, and the majority of the rest of we in the 99+ % have so little… don’t the very rich ever consider that if they do believe in a “Sweet hereafter”? To all those super rich (and all those who actually support them), who happen to believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God, ever read the New Testament? When a rich man asked Jesus “Rabbi, how can I follow you?” Jesus told him, “Go and give away ALL your money and possessions to the poor and come follow me”. The man shrugged and walked away… he could not do it. So it is with the super rich among us who think that by giving away 2% or 5% of their mega millions (tax deductible, of course) that they are following the path of Jesus. Hogwash! Instead of focusing on what they give away to charity, let us focus on what they keep. The man or woman who has income or wealth of 100 million dollars annually, after taxes, and gives away even one million… the other $99 million is still “under the proverbial mattress”, yes? How will Saint Peter or the “Law of Karma” greet them when time comes to cross the veil of mortality?
“What ye do to the least of mine you do to me!”
Philip A. Farruggio is son and grandson of Brooklyn, NYC longshoremen. He is a free lance columnist (usually found on the fine Dandelion Salad site), an environmental products sales rep and an activist. Since 2010, Philip is a spokesperson for the 25% Solution Movement to Save Our Cities by cutting military spending 25%. Philip can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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