My friends Travis and Denton are within two years of my age, a Word of the Day from Dictionary.com: a yealing; however, the author of this image (opining about billionaires and their donations to rebuild Notre Dame de Paris) might not have been, to which I said:
Pardon me, but this is zit-faced sarcasm and smugness masquerading as moral superiority; just because some billionaires don’t embrace your values, does not mean that they are wrong and you are right. Why don’t you become a billionaire and then you can make your own rules?
My online forays into the public forum do not go well,
so I should have been expecting responses:
Christopher, hmm, actually it does. If you have so much money at your disposal that you could easily, single-handedly, solve hunger all over the world then you kind of have a moral obligation to do so. Children literally die of hunger every day when they don’t have to and all it would take is a few incredibly wealthy people to stop hoarding 90% of the wealth in the world.
If there was a god, don’t you think he would judge humans by such choices?
While you assumed correctly, are you assuming the gender of a deity?
When I read this a second time, I realized the second response was from another person:
If you have that much money and the world is all equal and fine with no poverty, sure. Keep it. But when millions are in poverty while others bathe in their tubs of gold, you’re part of a problem. This isn’t a twisted and complicated moral superiority, it’s kindergarten morals. Share with those who have none. Have compassion and all that. Billionaires can and should be guillotined if they refuse to distribute their wealth.
I do not have to guess for whom those two voted.
Interesting to advocate violence. If someone does not support your values they should be harmed, a lot like regimes that have put people in poverty, kleptocracies where corrupt governments are run by corrupt people who keep everything for themselves! Communism works well enough on paper and the Halls of Academia, but have you seen Venezuela or Cuba?! Sounds like the only way to institute “Imagine,” a violent revolution? People who are wealthy are not the problem: people are the problem; if fertility rates continue to drop, there won’t be too many people by mid-century, so most of these problems will work themselves out because everyone will be gone
“But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name,
he gave the right to become children of God, (John 1:12)”
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