Tuesday, March 29, 2016

The Root of All Evil in America


We have often heard the old saying "Money is the root of all evil." This is actually a misquote of a verse from the Bible -- "For the love of money is the root of all evil..." (1 Timothy 6:10, KJV). The love of money is undeniably one of the roots of all evil in the world. Heinous crimes, war, and murder have been done for its sake. But that's not the real root of all evil in America. In the US, the root goes deeper. It stretches into the heartland and into the poorest home. It is insidious, unseen, invisible, yet ubiquitous. It is everywhere and ingrained in the fabric of the country yet denied by the population.

Apathy.

The rich in America constitute approximately 1/2% of the population. I'm talking about the really rich. The obscenely rich. The multi-billionaires. Their high profile makes them easy targets for the vitriol of the press and public opinion. They become the scapegoats for all the troubles. This is not to say they don't share blame for the ills of the nation. However, they are not the reason there is poverty and disease and crime.

The nation as a whole can solve all of its problems if it simply would get off its collective ass and do something significant about it.

Too many people, and I mean the majority of the people in the country, don't believe they can do anything about the problems facing us. They abdicate their authority to politicians who are more interested in getting re-elected than in changing the status quo. But in a country with a population of over 300,000,000, what a massive change might be wrought with a single goal shared by such a number!

Put 1,000,000 people together and you have a standing army larger than most of the armed forces in the world. Put those same people at dedicated work on a project to accomplish something like, say, eliminating hunger in the country and what kind of result might you expect?

I know you will say, but there are charitable organizations doing just that. Are there? Most "charitable organizations" that collect money funnel the majority of their funds into administration and advertisement. For example, the American Cancer Society spends only 59 cents of every dollar it collects on actual programs to research cures. And the ACS is one of the better organizations out there. Its major expenditure other than programs is fundraising. That means it has to convince people to actually reach into their wallets and donate to find a cure for the deadliest diseases known to man.


Why?

Because when you ask someone what they can do to better the world they say they're just one person. What can one person do to shift the scales? Admittedly, not a lot. But just as not voting is letting the bad guy win, not trying is being part of the problem. If you don't do something to improve the world, you are saying that the shape it's in now is fine with you.

Is that really what you want to tell your children?