The Relentless Onslaught of Soulless Capitalism

If the Gospel has become flesh within you then every person is your sibling. Giving a few dollars to the poor is not the same as being one with the poor, which is what Christ requires. The best way to love God is to relieve the pain and suffering of others.

It is pain and suffering that truly shapes our lives. No one can escape pain and suffering. It can either crush us or help us grow. Suffering either strengthens or kills. It is through suffering that we really get to know ourselves. But we need to do more than just endure the suffering that visits us. We need to reflect on it and allow it to enlighten and transform us.

Our concern for the poor is both political and mystical, and bringing the two strands of human experience together is our great challenge in the face the relentless onslaught of soulless capitalism and class warfare that is washing over so much of society.

We can look the other way, but no one can say they are not aware of the depths of poverty that is experienced by billions of people around the globe. In clear opposition to Catholic social justice teaching, we have made a god out of the market, which recently collapsed and is still in near ruin. Sadly, the cost of recovery has fallen on the backs of the poorest, the very people who saw no gain during the giddy, greedy days of boom. The stupidity and greed of bankers and Wall Street executives has pushed the poor, the unemployed, the elderly, and the disabled into a hole from which they may never escape…there will be no bailouts for them.

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6 Responses to “The Relentless Onslaught of Soulless Capitalism”


  1. 1 aliceny November 13, 2014 at 7:25 am

    Excellent, Gerry. It would be difficult for anyone reading this timely message to misunderstand its truth and its import. It would be helpful if you could expand more on how one individual can personally and intimately “relieve the pain and suffering of others.”

    Politically and mystically seem to be too broad concepts to grasp in a practical way. Giving financial support to organizations that provide assistance to the poor is helpful and needed, of course, but how does one individual become “one with the poor?”

    Bless you for the work that you do.

  2. 4 Jerry November 13, 2014 at 9:06 am

    I see small signs that the reign of the “almighty dollar” is starting to end. To me, the growth of “social entrepreneurs” is one example. It uses the mechanisms of capitalism to help lift the lives of the poorest rather than in service of greed.

    Personally, I don’t see only one way to help. I try (and fail and try again) to love everyone “as” myself. Then I try to make every effort to be wise – to see what really helps. Sometimes it can be as small as an understanding glance. Or by volunteering at an organization whose mission calls to you. Or even with money to an effective group.

    • 5 aliceny November 13, 2014 at 2:54 pm

      You are correct about the “understanding glance,” Jerry. I have done that more than once and was always humbled by the response. The person’s whole demeanor changes. When their eyes meet yours, in a silent affirmation of them and their humanness and suffering, it is if you are telling them that “I see you, I see your suffering, I care.” From what I have read about Jesus’ ministry, that seems to be one of the most effective manner that he used in reaching out to people.

  3. 6 Fred November 14, 2014 at 5:26 am

    As the writer, editor, and publisher of the Argentum Post, I am impressed and humbled by how incisively you express a profound truth in such an articulate and succinct article.

    Kudos to you, Jerry.

    BTW, my Argentum Post is a project which I started in August of 2013 and it is dedicated to exposing that which the mainstream media ignores, underreports and worse, at times misreports, particularly on issues regarding social and economical justice, peaceful conflict resolution, and human rights, all of which are essential in the pursuit of authentic participatory democracy.

    You and I and so many others who are literary activists do not preach to the converted when we communicate what I am communicating to you, we complement each other and inspire each other.

    The online version of the Argentum Post is http://www.argentumpost.com

    Best wishes to you !

    Fred


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