Starvation and the Morally Impoverished
Being Poor vs. Impovrishment of the Soul
There is this misguided concept, promulgated by conservatives, positing that churches (or simply the charitable at heart) will take care of the needy. Socialized programs focusing on the disadvantaged are unnecessary, or so they say. Politicians who proffer this response appear maladroit, out of touch, and aged.
We are no longer living in a country where churches can afford the cost of health care for people in trouble. With the country's economic downturn, the churches can barely manage to keep afloat let alone foot the bill for ailing individuals. The conservative response is naive to the point of being irresponsible and delusional. The knee-jerk reaction of their audience is frightening and highlights a total lack of realism. If the physically impaired are left to the support of charitable sources, we will start to see corpses on our lawns and staircases.
The capitalists would enjoy seeing us turn into a country of tight-wads -- a fearful mob that lives in a constant state of anxiety that if we lose another dollar for the most basic social service, we will all become destitute.
There are real-life stories of some Jews in Hitler's camps who had to hide their piece of bread for fear that their other starving fellows might simply steal crumbs that didn't belong to them. This is no slam against the Jews. Many individuals under similar circumstances would think about their own survival first. The starving have been known to cannibalize the dead. The capitalists would have us believe that we are indeed on the brink of starvation, and this psychological manipulation has caused a lot of people to adopt a cannibalistic frame of mind.
So many people have been brainwashed into feeling impoverished or threatened by the under-class, the capitalists have us just where they want us -- fearful, desperate, willing to "eat the wounded" just to maintain the lifestyles many see being nibbled at around the edges. The mere possibility of an extra tax being applied to the top-tier of our society has created a mind-set of stinginess and protectiveness among the upper-middle class -- all the way to the "filthy rich."
Unless you are earning well upwards of $200K annually, your fears are misplaced. A revision to the tax code would be aimed at corporations and non-millionaires would hardly feel a pinch. Yet, political rhetoric would have us believe that those of us in the mid-to-lower middle class and the poor will have to share our unsustainable crust with people touted as being somehow unworthy -- and that is (and always has been) the brilliance of disinformation/propaganda. This wild, exaggerated hoax of needing to horde and guard our slice of bread is a powerful fable.
The scapegoats are the indigent, or even a hypothetical person who is conveniently being labeled as "irresponsible" for not having tucked away sufficient crumbs to care for himself/herself at a point of helplessness. The fact is that we are not imprisoned in an internment camp or gulag and we have not reached a level of starvation. If you have a loaf of bread, do not begrudge sharing a slice with someone whose life depends upon it. If you own an entire bakery, give away as much as you can -- and it matters not whether this be through a voluntary charitable outlet or through a government-mandated requirement. Do not buy into this capitalistic scare tactic. Replace your fear with generosity and benevolence. You will not end up starving.
Do not disdain the beggar -- as you have not lived in his/her shoes. If you are a Christian you may understand that the beggar could be Christ himself, testing your level of charity, materialism and self-sacrifice. You have seen pictures and icons of Jesus with a bleeding heart? Conservatives love to use the term "bleeding heart liberal." Given the symbolism behind this form of ridicule speaks volumes about the generosity of some conservatives. The bleeding heart is a symbol of love.
Even if you are an atheist, you know that you cannot take your croissants into the next world. Turning this simple moral lesson into a contest of gladiators is a diversion purposely established by those whose hearts have become the size, color and shape of a dried raisin.
If you have no faith in Christ, at least look to his words of wisdom. Look to the words of the Buddha. Look to the words of Lao Tzu. A house divided cannot stand, and that is the precipice we are nearing with so much in-fighting and raw emotionalism. All of us like to blame the government for its foibles, deceit and incompetence, but understand WE are the government. The government is a mere microcosm of ourselves. If it has become dysfunctional, we MUST set aside ideological differences and reclaim some level of civility. If not this then what is the alternative?
Are our minds so limited, so filled with misplaced rage that we are willing to forfeit our unrealized superior potential and allow a soulless few guide us into endless bickering, an endless blindness that provides us with little (or no) hope for a more peaceful, equitable and just tomorrow?