I have a family member who loves to argue politics, economics, current events, etc. when we are together…it is sport with him. Several years ago in one of our “discussions”…I said, “You have no idea what the world thinks of us as a nation [meaning the USA].” He replied, “I don’t care.”
This last trip I made to SC, he said, “Is your president [meaning Nicaraguan] crazy? Offering a place to Snowden? Does he not know what that looks like from up here?”
Ahh! And there we have the crux of the problem. We who have power do not care what those who have no power think… BUT those without power should walk the path that others set for them.
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Wealthy Nicaraguans live audaciously - like wealthy people world over – and they see no harm or shame in their abundance. But listen to them complain if the government gives out food or homes or low interest credit to the poor…suddenly the government is enabling the poor to not care for themselves.
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It is all about power. The wealthy have it, don’t want to lose it, and will do whatever is necessary to keep it….and that makes us crazy, illogical, and mean.
The poor do not have the power… and that makes them stressed, desperate, and without hope.
…unless they join together and “fight” -- non-violently or violently -- to get it.
I grew up with the Bible. The prophets and the Torah said "Take care of the poor, the widows, the orphans…share your crops with the poor." Jesus said over and over …in essence… Let go of the power. Let go of the wealth. Share. Take care of the least of these. Serve the outcasts. Never did Jesus say to a widow, “Pull yourself up by your boot straps.”
We, the wealthy and the powerful, live in a world where the rich are getting richer and the poor poorer and that is not right. We have to let go. We have to share. We have to co-exist. And we have to respect the poor. We just have to. It is the right thing to do. It is the sane thing to do. -- Kathleen