Thursday, February 12, 2009

Of inequitable distribution and the rich man

(Received in the mail...)
If the population of the Earth was reduced to that of a small town with 100 people, it would look something like this:

57% Asians, 21% Europeans , 14% Americans (northern and southern) , 8% Africans

52% women, 48% men

70% coloured-skins, 30% caucasians

89% heterosexuals, 11% homosexuals

6 people would own 59% of the whole world wealth and all of them will be from the United States of America

80% would have bad living conditions, 70% would be uneducated, 50% underfed ...

There were corny comments after that last item but I excluded it. It ended with the usual pass this on to blah, blah.

Anyway, it looks like a fair representation of today's 6.8 billion earth inhabitants.
The inequity of it all says that mankind did not understand Gods plan for him to "have dominion over the fish, birds, etc..". It means thoughtful stewardship for everyone. Maybe mankind extended it to mean: have dominion over your fellowmen too. Too bad. That is why we have so much inequity and injustice in this world. People just look after their own selfish interests. That's why we are having this global crisis.

Oh well. The lesson in the parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man should even it out in the end. The prevailing interpretation says that the rich man's sin was neglecting the plight of Lazarus: it was more a sin of omission when he had the capacity to help. I was reading this book on Moral Theology wherein the Jesuit author proposes that the only sin is the failure to bother to love. Interesting. Speaking further about that parable, there is some discussion in Catholic circles whether or not the rich man really ended up in hell. Whatever, we can be sure that God's justice prevails.

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