The have and have not distinction is the supremely repressed truth of human existence.
It's what Good and Evil is all about. It's instructive to remember that the only time Jesus Christ lost his cool was when whipped the money changers out of the "temple".
It's also instructive to remember that the compassionate teachings of Jesus Christ MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE addressed the have and have not obscenity. Yes, Jesus touched many spiritual bases, but he HAMMERED the vampire rich over and over again.
So why was he doing this? In what cultural/religious context did Jesus witness the pig rich (always 1% or less) grind vulnerable and suffering humanity under their heels?
Jesus' heart went out to the poor in spirit (and pocket), and can there be any real doubt that he was crucified not for tinker toy theological reasons (who gives as rat's ass about geezer theology?), but because he got too close to the greed power structure of that time and culture?
The Romans didn't want to be bothered. Jesus was crucified by RICH PEOPLE because he was genuinely threatening their B.S. rationalizations for vampire greed.
In life it’s always wise to follow the money. For example, which current Washington lobby is the money, money, money lobby? No question, it's the neocon cabal (to which Paul Wolfowitz has just returned -- why are we not surprised?) which tries to buy off everyone and generally succeeds. Indeed, it has basically bought and paid for our Defense and State Departments. This money, money, money lobby is the dog relative to the foreign policy of the United States of America has been reduced to a pitifully obedient tail.
Same thing for other countries. Which country or countries are historically associated with money, money, money? Follow the money indeed. It sure doesn't take you to Africa, does it? It also doesn't take you to the no longer silent majority of middle and lower class American citizens who are paying for the Bush Oil Wars with family-destroying taxes and our children’s lives. It’s finally obvious to barnyard animals that the United States of American is a textbook Dictatorship of the Rich.
Perhaps an alternative way to say this is which country or countries BENEFITED from 9/11? We all know the Repiglican Party benefited from 9/11, but what nation benefited from 9/11? Samo for who would benefit from invading Iran, most probably. And for that matter, who benefited from the probable assassination of honorable Senator Paul Wellstone and sending anthrax only to high profile Democrats?
Said still another way, the have and have not conflict is the ESSENCE conflict between Good and Evil.
This is all so simple. The Greek God like "haves", as Jesus saw so clearly, are incarnate evil! And so is any community or country whose God is money, since not all cultures obsess about money and try to integrate it into their infinitely hypocritical national religions.
Relative to this Heart of Darkness, nearly everything that passes for religion or politics is a smoke screen dreamed up by Greek God like elites to hide from view this planetary country club of multi millionaires and multi billionaires who are the literal God's of planet Earth.
Yes, there's also the sitcom of our ONE party system (i.e., the Democratic/Republican Party), and the religious fanaticism drivel that ALL Middle Eastern religions use to justify murder in the name of God.
Symptoms, side shows, static, smoke & mirrors . . .
Behind it all is the abomination: the have and have not abyss.
What to do, what to do? Are the elites simply hard wired into the human condition, like “death and taxes”? No, just because our ancestors resigned themselves to literal slavery since the beginning of recorded history, doesn’t mean we have to spend the rest of our lives bending over.
At least these last seven years have shown us with absolute certainty that neither politics nor religion will EVER help us, since they are part of the problem, not the solution.
More than anything else we have to soul challenge the psychotically evil rationalization that the have and have not abyss is in some way “acceptable”, since without such world wide acceptance, this Heart of Darkness evil would simply fall of its own weight.
Also, as long as we continue to buy into crap like “Divine Right” or “Manifest Destiny” (or neocon lies about 9/11 and preemptive Oil Wars!), we too are more part of the problem than the solution.
And the solution?
Hard ball. What else?
Or in the words of the eloquent and passionate environmentalist, Robert F. Kennedy Jr, “See you on the barricades” (7/10/07)