America: In God We Trust, But Money We Worship

The back of every dollar bill features the inscription: In God We Trust. While this inscription seems to be borderline unconstitutional in the context of separation of church and state, there is an even more disturbing and contradictory aspect to it, which is the mixture of religion and money. Although a large majority of Americans claim to believe in God, their actions are largely motivated by material achievements.

For most, running the money rat race is an imperative to survive and make a meager living, but for the wealthy small minority this represents an insatiable urge to get more. The rich top two percent of the United States population is living in an existential impasse of confusion between need and want. This is the psychological cornerstone of capitalism and consumerism driven by marketing and advertising: turning a desire for a product into an artificial need so that enough is never enough. We live in a society where quantity supercedes quality in all aspects of life. In the US, money talks and unfortunately defines social values in a perverted system where what you have determines who you are.

In the US money does most of the talking for celebrities with sometimes not a hint of talent. This is also the case for other groups. Without any sort of moral questioning, overpaid CEOs, movie stars, top athletes and celebrities feel they deserve the obscene amount of wealth they accumulate. Further, this new aristocracy is rarely based on merit, intelligence, wisdom or entrepreneurship, but rather on the ability to tap into fleeting trends or collective erotic fantasies.

Even more concerning is the part money plays in our public life, not only as a measure of success but also as an overriding principle. Politicians are supposed to be public servants, yet without a very large quantity of cash, it is impossible for them to get elected to public office. Consequently the rich, the corporations, the banks get de facto control over the political process by financing political campaigns. In principle politicians, either Republicans or Democrats in the US, are supposed to work for the people and fight for the common good, but in reality they rely on and obey corporate masters.

The global financial meltdown of 2008 was a perfect opportunity to change course and reassess our individual and collective priorities in this difficult balancing act between quality and quantity. A few have undertaken this necessary introspection, but most still live in the mental la la land of “I want more.” The narcissistic and compulsive natures of this desire to accumulate more material possessions undermine any real social progress because this urge can never be fully satisfied. The unfair social pyramid, currently being challenged by the Arab Revolution in North Africa and the Middle-East, has its basis in social injustice, exploitation and oppression. We might be entering a brave new world where equality, justice, freedom and brotherhood become valuable commodities again.

Mahatma Gandhi once said: “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed.” This wise statement made decades ago applies today more than ever. Greed and appetite for power were the underpinning psychological forces that sustained the dictator Mubarak in Egypt, motivate Gaddafi in Libya, Assad in Syria, and a few kings in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Jordan and Morocco. In the Arab world, the pawns have revolted against the kings and are telling them loudly and clearly that, at the end of the game, we all rest in the same box. Maybe the rest of the world will catch up and tell their respective ruling classes, CEOs, celebrities and other fat cats that it is time to share or face the consequences of greed. Buddha said: “Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” If only we could learn from this, we would not confuse happiness with trivial financial success, and we could work together for the common good of human kind.

 

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4 Responses to America: In God We Trust, But Money We Worship

  1. +11 Vote -1 Vote +1Ole Ole Olson
    February 23, 2011 at 3:02 am

    I have always found it sad and ironic that many church going folk in the US see no contradiction between their greed and selfishness outside of the church, and don’t realize that their behavior is diametrically opposed to what jesus taught.

  2. +2 Vote -1 Vote +1Wingnut
    February 23, 2011 at 4:35 am

    Hi

    Holy cow, what an article filled with refreshing truth, and a fine comment from Ole to back it up. Allow me to put some icing on the cake…

    We ALL see the pyramid scheme symbol on the back of the USA one dollar bill. We ALL see the servitude infestation in capitalism. We ALL see the “pay up or lose your wellbeing” Chicago mob-like felony extortion widespread within capitalism. We ALL see the “join or starve” felony extortion done to the 18 year olds… by this ugly competer’s church called capitalism. We ALL see how forcing competer’s religions onto 18 year olds, and/or LURING them into it with bling-dangling and promises of empowerments… kills membership in the cooperator’s church (Christianity/socialism). We ALL understand that AmWay (American Way) (New World Order) got “the exclusive” (legal tender) on the TYPE of survival coupons (money) accepted in supply depots (stores) and leverages 18 year olds into the organization via that felony activity. (It puts AmWay-coupon slaving requirements called price tags… on all the survival goods). We ALL understand how sure-to-collapse farmyard pyramids work… from our childhoods. Upper 1/3 are “heads in the clouds” while the kids on the bottom ALWAYS GET HURT from the weight of the world’s knees in their backs. And, we ALL see how such systems are illegal, immoral, and just plain sick.

    We American Christian socialists are patiently awaiting the natural fall of the pyramid-o-servitude, or the busting of the free marketeers felony… by the USA Dept of Justice. We Christians are VERY CLOSE to issuing a cease and desist order until the servitude and inequality goes away… which means it turns into a commune. Commune is a word we LOVE when used in the word “community”… but its one the caps HATE when used in the word “commune-ism”. Go fig. PROGRAMMED!!

    Do a Google IMAGE SEARCH for ‘pyramid of capitalist’ to see a full color picture made way back in 1911, when capitalism was first discovered to be a con/sham instigated by the Free Masons/Illuminati. Folks sure bought into the thing… hook, line, and sinker just the same. The caps didn’t even check if a string was attached! Now THAT’S easy fishing, eh?

    Time to level the felony pyramid scheme called capitalism. Abolish economies and ownershipism worldwide, and hurry. Economies just cause rat-racing, and rat-racing causes felony pyramiding. BUST IT, America! Look to the USA military supply/survival system… (and the USA public library system) for socialism and morals done right. Equal, owner-less, money-less, bill-less, timecard-less, and concerned with growth of value-criteria OTHER THAN money-value. Quit doing monetary discrimination immediately, and make it illegal. There are MANY measurement criteria of “value”… not just dollars. Try morals, efficiency, discrimination-levels, repairability, etc etc. Economies are cancerous tumors, and to cheer for their growth… is just insane. Profiting causes inflation, so if caps LIKE inflation, and if they LIKE a terrible time in afterlife when they meet the planet’s ORIGINAL OWNER before caps tried to squat it all with ownershipism, then keep it up with the felony pyramiding. I dare you. While us Christians are finally bulldozing that pyramid scheme back to level, lets make servitude and “join or starve” (get a job or die) illegal in the USA, and lets level the architecture seen in USA courtrooms, too. Right now, USA courtrooms are church simulators or “fear chambers”, by special design. Sick.

    Isn’t that back-of-the-dollar pyramid… a Columbian freemason symbol? And WHERE is the USA gov located? District of Columbia? (Not even part of the USA!) How much more blatant can ya get? The “Fed” runs a pyramid scheme called the free marketeers. If you’re using the “federal reserve note” certificates, or using no-other-living-thing-on-the-planet entitles of ownership, you’re bought into a servitude/slavery con/sham… called capitalism. Pyramiding 101.

    Again, a fine write… Mr. Mercier. Desired or not, if you really feel/think the way of your words, you just became a friend of the MaStars and a friend of mine (Though I don’t do ownership… so my/mine don’t really mean anything other than cherishment… which could/should be held in high esteem.). Keep up the excellent work. Fantastic!

    Larry “Wingnut” Wendlandt
    MaStars – Mothers Against Stuff That Ain’t Right
    (anti-capitalism-ists)
    Bessemer MI USA

  3. +4 Vote -1 Vote +1Tex
    February 24, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    Amway is a scam: http://texsquixtarblog.blogspot.com

  4. +2 Vote -1 Vote +1Paule Wendleberger
    February 26, 2011 at 11:33 am

    That was brilliantly written and truly a great read. Very much liked how you laid the arguments down. And again, you told it like it is in a way that one can’t be blind sided. BTW, I too find it is ironic and see the contradiction between church and state which ought not be.

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