Grand larceny by any other name...
Information spread. The human mind is exposed to it. The rise and fall of institutions is a reflection of interest. Just like gold is the true measure of currency, thoughts are the measure of man. The currency! The greed you describe so entertainingly does not come close to the greed we exhibit from mind to mind. The digital scale is merely the funnel of transport. God gives man the value derived by the thought. A system of reward or punishment. Man turns the value of thought in monetary gain. Bereft of meaning, simply a transaction. Takes yours, and mine and sells it. Just like the liver and kidney market. All this under our noses with the piper singing its tune. Greetings Jeff.
I enjoyed your article and agree with numerous of your points. I see n even bigger picture to the state of this world. I wrote a paper that I invite you to read. Here is a brief abstract and the link.
Throughout the world we are all witnessing the collapse of the current world order. No matter where one looks, there is perpetual war and unforeseen calamities. Every day more people are turning away from traditional religion, and some even turning entirely away from God. Institutions that mankind has relied on for many decades and centuries are failing in part due to the ever-increasing divisions between the elected and their insatiable desire for wealth, power, and control. Within every society, divisions between peoples are increasing at an unprecedented pace whereby major cities are becoming unliveable; many people are becoming homeless, and crime is rampant. Prejudice of all kinds is eating at the hearts of men. The increase in interest rates is used in the fight against perceived inflation, resulting in many unable to keep up with their mortgage payments and end up loosing their homes. Health care is in crisis in every country and territory. Food prices are skyrocketing throughout the world and everyday more people are going hungry. Economies are on the verge of collapse, and the gap between the rich and the poor increases every day. Governments are bringing laws which severely penalize those who do not comply with government mandates, but this does not solve problems, rather it makes the problems far worse. Science and technology which in the past has served the well-being of mankind is now being used against mankind. The entire world is in turmoil and as bad as it seems today, tomorrow will be even worse. Ultimately, many people are becoming wicked and evil, wishing evil and death upon those who do not agree with them or are perceived as wanting to harm them. Now the World Economic Forum is advocating for those who do not believe in the Climate Change Crisis should be put to death. We also observe leaders of nations threatening the use of nuclear weapons to settle their disputes with other nations rather than attempting to resolve disputes diplomatically. According to Baha’i Holy Scripture, nuclear war is inevitable.
Very few understand why this is happening. Most people do not want to think about these problems and what the root causes are. But trying to ignore these problems of the world will not bring about the application of an appropriate solution, and the more people ignore it, the worse it becomes. The problems of the world appear to be political, but this is only an outward manifestation of the root causes which are spiritual in nature. Some falsely think that a change in political leadership would make a difference, but even if such a leadership change took place, the root causes would not be addressed, and the problems would continue to manifest themselves. There is an appropriate solution; it has been there for 180 years, but mankind has either turned away or is ignoring it.
Truth be told, mankind is failing in its duty towards God. Mankind is being tormented for what mankind has done and what mankind continues to fail to do. God is testing every human being as to their sincerity in observing His Greater Covenant with mankind. How each human being responds will determine whether they achieve “all good” in the sight of God or have “gone astray”. Many will turn away due to their delusions and superstitious beliefs, but that is the worst thing they could do.
For a full explanation, please read my paper in its entirety, (1) Mankind is being Tormented - by David Ramer (substack.com)
"...regressive populism focused on the restoration of meaningful ritual and local autonomy."
Of course... now just help me sell it, why don'tcha??!!
Thanks for reaching out, Bigs. Glad you thought so.
Your diagnosis is correct; and so is your prescription.
In decline? I fervently hope so! But that's when things get sticky because the powers that be double down when faced with the prospect of loss of power. I was greatly encouraged about the turning of the tide when i read about what's going down in NZ, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Slovakia and a few other places. And how appropriate that a stand against the madness is happening in the Slavic states - because the foundation of these states is family, faith (Christian) and a solid work ethic. By the way, I live in Slovenia (another Slavic state), so i'm pretty much in tune with the social undercurrents in this refuge of sanity.
Excellent essay, thank you 🙏🏽