Mind. Utterly. Blown.
John, I need to take a few days to process this. I haven’t read the linked articles because I was busy trying to parse it all … how some of our fundamental societal structures support systemic inequality.
While I know that subject is way beyond the scope of my expertise, I recognize that it is certainly something that needs to be brought to people’s attention.
It’s funny that you brought up Capitalism and Communism dichotomy today. The following was part of Sunday’s scripture reading —
Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common. With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold. They laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need. — Acts 4:32–35
I don’t know about you, but those verses make me wonder if Capitalism is the best of all possible worldviews. It doesn’t sound like there’s some big strata-fied pyramid scheme going on in the apostles’ set-up.
I wish I had bookmarked this thing I saw or read the other day that explained how Capitalism doesn’t care about anything making sure that its gears are well lubed, no matter the human costs. It doesn’t care that it feeds on a system of Haves and Have Nots, inequity, and a host of other social ills as long it keeps he machine running.
But tell me why you reject the good versus evil dichotomy. Or are you referring to how it’s selectively applied?
Thanks for the reply and the linked essays. I’ll be getting to those very soon.