Who judges you? Famine comes both from weather and man. Capitalism as a cure for famine seems odd, but look up famine in Wikipedia to see how they explain it. Incentive is a form of hope; everyone needs a carrot (hit the carrot link if the carrot link if you don’t recognize the idiom). Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations gave birth to the American economic engine. Greed is an Invisible Hand which can save or crush the human spirit; you need balance.
I read today 1 in 30 children in the US are homeless. We have a growing wealth disparity, as we turn into a Catholic country. Why does Catholicism produce such an effect? Because they have a vertically tiered system from which white robes drop alms to the poor. Tokenism does not work. People need purpose and reward. Trickle down systems fail as the Clintons say, but they had a trickle out policy which shipped jobs away. I’m from blue-collar roots and made my living from manufacturing, but those jobs trickled out. Republicans and Democrats have sold out the American people. When how hard or no matter how well work has no meaning people get dispirited.
People registered as Republicans or Democrats are traitors because both parties serve themselves. Gabriel García Márquez pokes fun at the constant switch from Catholicism to Communist atheism in his novel, One Hundred Years of Solitude. He describes the Catholics destroying the Churches and the Communists rebuilding them. Capitalism offers different dangers, but the correct balance can offer rewards.
Once again, I say Protestant is not a religion; it is many religions which requires a balance in power. Catholicism has the vertical structure of a dictatorship. Most Protestants vote for their leaders; whereas, the Vatican assigns leaders from afar. Robots may make socialism work. Socialist theory is not evil, but it turns people into robots and people do not perform well as robots. Balance is the key.
Nemesis, the goddess, is the enemy of pride and Satan represents pride. Salvador Dali shows a dog in his Metamorphosis of Narcissus; which, I can see as a symbol of famine. I do not know Dali’s intention, but I offer an interpretation. Pride and greed are kin and both need balance; they need – Nemesis.
I use symbols and allusions in my writing, so the trivia in my novel does not make my work trivial. My mind works in hyperlinks and I get by with fuzzy logic and memory circuits, so my style has limits but I’m different.
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Viktor M. Vasnetsov – http://lj.rossia.org/users/john_petrov/166993.html
Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, – Conquest, War, Famine & Death, an 1887 painting by Victor Vasnetsov. The Lamb is visible at the top.
Four Horsemen of Apocalypse, by Viktor Vasnetsov. Painted in 1887.
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Created: December 31, 1886