This was written to a new friend of mine, another minister in the same church as myself. He had expressed his disfavor with capitalism.
Dear pal, you are so correct, about European countries being so much better for the citizenry. China and Russia were never true examples of socialism, they were and are both of them totalitarian regimes.
Karl Marx never thought a rural economy without education could produce a viable socialist state. Europe is a much better example and it’s far more democratic and supportive of freedom because you can’t have civil rights without economic rights.
Well said, my friend, and Peter Prontzos, another online friend of mine would totally agree with you. He like me is a big supporter of Arthur Janov’s form of Primal Therapy. He and Bruce Wilson his long time friend have a website I like: http://theprimalmind.com/
Without economic justice we have no virtue, without virtue we have no truly reflective life, without a reflective life there is no true workable democracy. The connection between virtue and feeling which is our emotional/motivational center we are lost from truth, goodness and creativity.
The core of how this is carried on is that continuing lack of connection. The lack of connection is because of damage to our faith in getting our needs met early in life which became a panic that had to be shut down before the higher brain functions could fully integrate it. This damage is what Arthur Janov calls Primal Pain. When such a lack of faith exists the drive for the needs yet continues below the surface but now are rerouted as things we think we can get. This turns real needs into symbols. You can never get enough symbolic need to satisfy the not fully conscious real need that you didn’t feel you could get. This is the foundation of greed, and greed is the foundation of capitalism. Booga booga and brainwash rule the day in capitalism, and the rich rising or having been above it, encourage the system that allows them to A. Not pay a fair share of taxes. B. Have lot’s of ignorant souls to fight their unending wars. C. Keep the people in artificially created debt. D. Use that debt to keep them uneducated. E. Use their ill gotten gains to reward the few with great talents into serving the system that they love. F. Cause a black hole of financial greed and debt that is too big to fill with all the real resources of the earth. G. Cause us to veer close to the even horizon of that greed. H. Cause us to indebt our great great grandchildren to that financial black hole because of having to give up our own financial gravity to slow the inevitable motion to the final collapse of the capitalistic system and the resultant chaos. I. Cause an over use and an unwise use of natural resources and over heat the earth’s temperature by encouraging greed as a virtue. J. Cause all nations to be sucked into the jaws of capitalistic greed to the point that the earth and all life on it become endangered.
Oh yes, I too am not a fan of capitalism.
Yet, trade is what must be served because it is the life blood of any society, and so we must admit a capitalistic core needs to exist at the center of society yet needs to be heavily influenced by a balance of powers that support our virtues. Our Churches to express our empathy and goodness, our Government to express our objectivity and truthfulness with ourselves and create laws that support economic rights for all, and our Media to express our creativity and keep Art alive in our society. Then our Business sector becomes a thing of value, the mechanism of creative trade.
Mental health is the cry of the revolution of virtue, we must stop the greed in our hearts with compassionate truth, goodness, and creativity. We must find where our faith was damaged and feel the hurt of it and grieve it and let it go and build a healthier response to life. Then we will hear the cry of justice in our elections, and the people will think and say “amen”.
The beginning of the revolution begins within ourselves and then our families, it is the communication between real love and real trust which we can build up and make strong.
Then we can begin to take the journey that Arthur Janov describes as the Primal Revolution, and places for his therapy will be the holy hills of pilgrimage. Why? Because his therapy takes us to the physical neurological changes that must take place for our better physical health and greater life spans. Things we need to complete the process of our revolution of virtue. Yet, it was said long ago cryptically by Jesus “Unless you take up your cross (feel the hurt of your damaged faith) and follow after me (choose a healthier life course) then you are not worthy of me (You can’t complete the journey with me to wholeness.) Again, “Suffer the little children (the honest ones among us) to come to me for of such are the Kingdom of Heaven (the Heaven of real virtue)”. Again Jesus says, “When the light within you is honest you will be full of light, but if the light within you is dishonest you will be full of darkness, and if the light (your honesty with your feelings and needs) is darkness (this dark dishonesty isn’t even aware of necessary truth) how GREAT is that darkness.
So now the path is before us and we must begin, and let all the people cry out with hearts set free: “Let the light shine, the light that was before the worlds began, let us be truly born again into virtue, and let all societies of humankind bow before the needs and the optimism held in the hearts of our children, who hold up their empty hands to us and ask only for a future.” Let our answer to their request for life be a strong and reassuring “yes”.
Rev. David Mitchel Stow