It has been a life long hope of mine to see this country begin to transcend all the divisiveness that appears to be so entrenched in our culture. The “left” and the “right” have defined our conversations for my whole life and in the past ten years they seem to be arguing more on television but as soon as the cameras stop they begin clinking their champagne glasses and celebrating their own fortunes.
This false left/right paradigm we live in is dissolving before our eyes. I’m personally highly entertained by the fact that congress has an 8% approval rating at present. The American people have lost complete confidence in our government. If it hasn’t been obvious yet, this country needs a revolution. But I would prefer to see it undergo a moral evolution.
A moral evolution would mean that the 99% rhetoric would be transformed into the 100%. All divisions would slide away and we would be able to unite and solve our plethora of crises. The stigma that the 1% have garnered since the occupy movement began is somewhat unfortunate if not useful in helping to define who the culprits for our catastrophes are.
And while the 1% may feel that they have power and control over us, the sad truth is that they are the ones being controlled by their own addiction to wealth and riches.
Wealth addiction is just like any other addiction. When the pursuit of money and material things becomes prioritized before the well being of humanity as a whole, you know that there is a problem. Wealth addiction is poisonous to the soul, and it has a way of contaminating the material world and thus infecting the rest of the 99%.
How do you know if you’re addicted to wealth? You can analyze yourself by asking this simple question: “I’d rather die than lose my _____.” Whatever you fill that blank with is likely to be one of your heaviest addictions.
In my seminary training I was required to read this book called Addiction And Grace: Love And Spirituality In The Healing Of Addictions. It basically defines addiction as sin, and I don’t really have any qualms about that definition. Wealth addiction is different than a drug addiction or food addiction in the sense that it requires others to have less in order that the addict may have more. Food and drug addictions generally do more damage to the addict themselves while possibly affecting their circle of friends and family, whereas wealth addiction can do wholesale systemic damage to many innocents.
In my opinion, the 1% needs an intervention. Who better than the whole of the 99% to do that intervention? In historic ages this might have looked more like a bunch of peasants storming the castle and forcefully reclaiming some of the generating the accumulated wealth. However, this should not be considered an option for our current day and age.
I do believe that it would be valuable for a large number of people to begin showing up at the “wealthy” homes with signs saying stuff like “This Is An Intervention For Your Wealth Addiction,” “Welcome To Wealth Addicts Anonymous,” “We Love You But We Hate Your Junky Mindset.” You know, stuff like that – y’all are much better at coming up with slogans than I am.
In fact I would love to see a new reality show happen where we get the richest 1% to sit down and come clean about their addictions.
We really can’t have any meaningful change in this society until the 1% renounce their elitist ways and begin being a productive part of our people again.