A Series of Unfortunate Blogs: Part X—Charity and Human Potential in Capitalism

Okay so what are the last two points of New Age Belief that agree with Capitalism: Charity and The Infinite Potential of the Human Soul. I actually dealt with Charity way back in December of last year, so rather than just repeating myself you can go read that particular article if you missed it . But to sum up real quickly charity is a function of loving of another person for what they are capable. Charity cannot be a function of a government, i.e. the misguided attempt at welfare and entitlement programs, because charity only has value when it is an act of love from one person to another. Government is an institution, and evil one, a necessary evil, but an evil one. It gains its money through force (threat of prison) and spends it without love. It is not capable of charity, only the personal deaClings that can occur under capitalism are capable of charity.

But what of the infinite potential of the human soul? Every person has a spark of the divine in them. This is about as close to a corner stone belief as it gets for New Age belief. As the spiritual text A Course in Miracles states as a mantra to be repeated to help you reach Enlightenment “God is in everything I see because God is in my mind […] My mind is part of God’s. I am very holy […] I am a blessed Son of God […] I am the light of the world.” And I fully realize how if you’re not a New Ager that may come off as a bit sacrilegious and arrogant but it’s not. It is the message of Krishna to Arjuna in the Bhagavad Gita and the message of Jesus when he said “the kingdom of God is within you.” Luke 17:21. (And it does say “within” not “among”, the original Greek is “entos” which means “within”). This means you have within you the infinite potential to do anything you want…or as one of my favorite quotes puts it:
As I interpret the Course [in Miracles], ‘our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.’ We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. We are meant to shine as children do. We were born to manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.” Marianne Williamson, “A Return to Love: Reflections on The Principles of A Course in Miracles.”

But you say what about all the people who do terrible and evil things? It may be hidden under layers of ego created fear, but everyone is part of God. I want you to think of the worst person you can think of in history (odds are you’re thinking Hitler, Stalin, or Mao) yes even they had a part of God in them…did they ever listen to that part? No. But it was there and after many, many, many [just add a long stream of adverbs here, these guys have millennia of karmic debt to work off] reincarnations (likely into children born with horrible and painful diseases from birth) they may actually begin to listen to that spark and begin their climb back to Enlightenment. Now for a similar thought experiment, just to drive my point home, think of the most evil person you know in your own life. For me its one of my ex-bosses. I think it’s fair to say we all know at least one borderline sociopath, but before you give into the emotions of hate toward this person which thinking of them is probably bringing up, you have to remember that it is layers upon layers of fear and doubt that is making them act in such horrific ways. Evil people are to be pitied if anything, not hated. This is because everyone by definition of being human has a part of God in them; these poor smucks just don’t see that. As such looking to the best in people we must always, when possible, look to the good and not the bad; the part of them that is God and not their ego and fears; we need to look the best in them because that is the only real part, the rest is an illusion the will eventually fall away.

Because everyone has this part of god in them, they have the potential to be anything they want, do anything they want, achieve anything they want in this world. Hmmm…let’s see does Socialism with all its restrictive facets, tyrannical rules and controls allow someone to achieve their full potential? Do I really have to answer that?

By now it should be clear that there is one and only one system that will allow people to achieve, that will allow people to grow, that will allow people to reach Enlightenment is one that allows them try, to make mistakes, to fall, and to learn and grow from those mistakes and achieve whatever they want. That system is capitalism. Socialism forgets that people occasionally need to fail to succeed. That you need incentives for progress and you need opportunity to have growth. All of these are only capable under capitalism. The socialist fear is that without the government everyone will fail. That is the fear of the ego that tells you that the spark of God is not in you. Capitalism is the system that says people left to their own devices will show you how much people are capable of through progress, genius, art and charity.

As such capitalism is the only system that New Age beliefs can accept.

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