But economists disagree . They say they can make wealth by destroying goods or by producing fewer goods of poorer quality. If we would use the technology, labour and resources that are now available to us, the entire planet could enjoy an amazingly high standard of living. But the experts say it wouldn't be good for the economy. Why ?
Because the economists work for the rich and not for the poor. They are only interested in higher profits for the sellers...even if it means fewer sales at a higher price.
Businessmen make more money by destroying half their crop and tripling their prices. Half the population may go hungry, but economists will say they have increased the wealth of the country. Do you see a flaw in their thinking ? The flaw is that they have confused money with wealth. And hardly anyone in the world dares to correct that error. But think about it: You can't eat money. It will not keep you warm. It is only useful if you can trade it for something else. But if we continue with present economic policy, there will be less and less to trade it for.
True, some had more than others but it was unthinkable that any one person could have a million (much less, a billion) chickens in their backyard. And if others in your village were starving while you had even a thousand chickens it was hard to convince them you were entitled to a thousand times more than they had.
Then someone invented money. It was easier to carry, store maintain, and especially easier to hide. With enough money, you could own the world, without actually putting it in your backyard. Poor people could work in your factories, shop in your supermarkets, do business in your skyscrapers, even drive on your roads in cars financed by your banks, and never feel angry about how unfair this is. Now the very rich control the media, education, religion, even the government. They have brainwashed us into believing they have a right to destroy the world to increase their wealth. We now think that whatever is good for BHP is good for all of us . Worse still, we have all been tricked into playing their game. We now believe that money is the key to happiness. The entire human race has lost touch with reality in our obsession with money as an end in itself. This is madness!
Some people enjoy their jobs and would not trade them for anything. These lucky plorkers (who just happen to be paid for it) are more reliable, more dedicated, and more contented than their workmates. If everyone did the things they wanted to do, everyone would be more productive, and ,society would be richer for it. But the money myth has convinced people that they must spend their lives making money rather than being happy and productive. People who cannot find a way to make money (or who aren't interested in making money) are made to feel they are useless. Worse than that, they are told that they have sinned against the world that feeds them until they begin to make money again. No thought at all is given to how creative, useful, or productive the non-wage earners may be. If players are the best workers, then more effort should be made to encourage people to play, instead of condemning the few who do.
The same conflicts go on within our country, in the form of running battles between employers and employees. And it even operates on the family and individual level in the form of almost constant arguing and malice.
Hatred between the sexes, racism, generation gaps are all self-destructive. And they all come from a desire to explain the emptiness greed has left in our own spirits, by blaming someone else. For your own sanity, for unity in your family, for prosperity in your country, and for the survival of the human race, someone must begin to declare war on greed... before we all destroy ourselves!
We are talking about more than nice words for a political platform or a new religion. We are talking about a community of people who refuse to let money be a motivation for their daily living... people who actively seek every day to use all of their skills, energy, and resources to express love for others.
In time we hope to see this spirit of love spread and affect others. Real love is much more than emotional thrills; it is capable of ushering in a whole new world order. In fact, we've found it is more powerful than life itself.
A few of us have begun to work for love rather than for money. We have given up everything we own and we are prepared to die for love.
We have already found that such commitment pays dividends in terms of inner fulfilment, increased awareness, and a zest for life. We believe we've hit on the answer to the world's problems.
Please don't confuse us with all that passes for Christianity today. Jesus said some amazing things, if people would just take him seriously. He called this new economic policy the "good news of the kingdom of God".
It's important to bring God into it for a couple of reasons. For one thing, if we're not careful, we can end up letting go of money and then fighting over the things it can buy. Just as goods are more important than money, so God is more important than the goods. He's the source of all true wealth.
The obvious argument: If we don't look after ourselves who will? has an answer when you bring God into it. If you're working for love, you're working for God; it becomes his responsibility to look after your material needs. And we've found that he does !
Also, God comes into it when you try to decide the best way to go about loving others. Only He knows the future, and He explains a lot about the overall plan in the Bible.
Some good places to start if you want to study the source of our theory and the source of real wealth are the 6th chapter of Matthew (2nd half mostly), and the 4th and 5th chapters of James (first couple verses of each especially). We have a lot of other study material too if you are interested.
To really change the world you have to change the heart of man, and that's a very tall order. But never underestimate the power of one life. Men like Gandhi, Socrates, and Christ have had a mighty influence on history because they believed some things are more important than even life itself.
Just one such individual in the world today could make a big difference; and two or three... or even a dozen might be enough to start a spiritual revolution that could change the entire world.
There have been armies of people who were willing to kill for what they believed in. Why not an army of people who are willing to die for what they believe in?
We can give our lives by dying quickly for this new world order, or we can give our lives a day at a time by labouring patiently and faithfully to bring a little light to a dark world.
Remember that if you change even one small part of the world, you have still changed the world. Much change is very slow and gradual.
We have learned that the message we preach often causes people to act in irrational anger. Sometimes they themselves do not know why they are reacting in the way they are. But, if we are sure that our motives have only been to show love, then even a hateful response should be encouraging; it proves that we are getting through.
When they have done all they can to stop us, and we still continue to love, they will know then that love is stronger than hate.
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