Saturday, December 3, 2016

The Path of Tradition

Truth is unchanging.  Everything else changes.

About Christians and Conservatives:  some Christians today are perhaps off the traditional path.  The church has a long history of decrying the exploitation of the poor and supporting union movements.  (See Rerum Novarm)
G.K. Chesterton’s writing about the rich often hits Occupy Wall Street levels -- “The rich man is bribed… that is why he is rich.”

Conservatives today, however, insist that poverty be explained as a moral failure.

Success as the product of moral superiority is the so-called Protestant ethic, but it is also, as Nietzsche noted, the “ethic of the hangman.”  The poor are considered culpable so that they can be punished - like today’s inadequate minimum wage or the public shaming of those on welfare.  

Jesus was neither conservative nor capitalist, interestingly, and the story of Lazarus and the rich man is a horror story appropriate for today's discussions.

There's a much better way.  Of course.  That's the good news part.