From the Guideposts daily thoughts:
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14”
Learning takes place when people are humble. Self-righteous people who believe there is only one way to solve a problem are not humble. This passage does not advocate legislating morality, yet that is what fascist right wing people advocate, proclaiming somehow their “rights” are being trampled should they not be allowed to tell everyone how to live their lives.
Ayn Rand was a wicked person. She advocates for individual greed and selfishness. A person cannot be humble when they are greedy and selfish, seeking only what is best for his / her self. Such people lacking humility remain stubbornly ignorant, never listening to the other side and making an attempt to learn something different from the “traditionalist” stuff which often has been proven NOT to work. Diana Butler Bass said, “seek traditions, not traditionalism.”
Yet, Libertarians and a man named Paul Ryan worship Ayn Rand and nixes ideas about seeking solutions which would be good for society. Allen West, lacking humility and remaining stubbornly ignorant, attacks those who don’t agree with him as being “communists.” Yet Ryan and West attempt to call themselves “Christians” and attract a whole bunch of people who wish to legislate morality – in supposed “Christian” churches. Dale Carnegie:
“Carnegie held that societal progress relied on individuals meeting their moral obligations to themselves and to society. Thus, he believed real charity supplied the means for those who wish to help themselves, achieve their goals. Moreover, Carnegie urged other wealthy people to contributed to society in the form of parks, works of art, libraries and other endeavors that improved the community, and contributed to the “lasting good” Carnegie also held a strong opinion against inherited wealth. Carnegie believed that the sons of prosperous businesspersons were rarely as talented as their fathers. By leaving large sums of money to their children, wealthy business leaders were wasting resources that could be used to benefit society. Most notably, Carnegie believed that the future leaders of society would rise from the ranks the poor. Carnegie strongly believed in this because he had risen from the bottom. He believed the poor possessed an advantage over the wealthy due to their receiving more attention from their parents, and were taught better work ethics.”
This is quoted from Wikipedia and links to the particular references are included. Did Romney and Ryan come up from the bottom? Neither one of them knew what it was like to be blue collar and actually labor for a living. They have no idea. They are both elitist snots. Barack Obama and Joe Biden did work their way up from the bottom.
I recall Anne Richards’s speech at the 1992 Democratic Party convention which nominated Bill Clinton for president. The words ring true with one of the most wealthy this nation has ever seen: “Poor George, born with a silver spoon in his mouth.” Shrub, with the silver spoon and fake way, did not know how to lead.
Taxing the wealthiest portion of America when that part of America refuses to invest in its own nation and puts money and jobs overseas is NOT a wrong thing to do, according to Carnegie’s standards.
When there is something these elitist right wing fascists don’t like, they take the minor parts of such ideas and blow these parts up out of proportion to what is good about such issues. Take ObamaCare. I have seen reports which equally discuss the good, bad, and ugly with regard to the plan. But to listen to the mainstream Media, particularly Fox, all discussions focus on the parts which some people might find offensive, but do not truly have the knowledge (and thus the wisdom) to really understand. Crony capitalism makes judgments based solely on their wealth, not on the good of society. Diana Butler Bass: “Seek wisdom, not certainty.”
Right wing fascists expect perfection, especially from those who don’t agree with them. Yet, they are not humble enough to realize that the hand with the finger they point in judgment at another person also has three pointing back at themselves and the thumb is thumbing God. “Judge not lest you be judged.” Diana Butler Bass: “Seek to practice, not purity.”
Bass, Diana Butler. (2006). Christianity for the rest of us : how the neighborhood church is revitalizing the faith. San Francisco: Harper.
Daily scripture & reflection newsletter. (2012, Oct. 27). OurPrayer daily newsletter (Guideposts) [Email distribution]. firstname.lastname@example.org