SQUEALER, I like your perspective. Good stuff.
The Jews invented money. It's their expertise. It's also part of their religion.
Did the Jews also invent God? Perhaps, but I think a large part of the
Supreme Meme was independently crafted by the Stoic Philosophers.
I think it would more correct to say they understand money is linked to
our sinful nature, and that we seek entertainment as a way to escape,
ever so briefly, from that awful debt we think we owe to our God/gods.
Why is Hollywood so good at producing entertainment the world is willing
to pay money to go see? One reason is they have the formula down pat.
The hero's journey is older than the Bible, but it was the idea of debt=sin
(as taught in the Bible) which really got money/guilt into the human psyche
as a first-class deluxe virus of the mind.
In my experience, a good number of religious people think about two things
more than anything else: sex and god. If you know this, you can go to a place
like Hollywood and make movies... movies that make money!
So why are Jews so successful, they were given the tools and resources
to be successful, they were taught about how money works in the context
of law and religious terms. It is little surprise then than most of the these
successful folk are atheists? Is it any wonder, we see Jewish comics
on stage getting people to laugh about sex, ridicule the law, and
question morality? Nope. It makes perfect $ence/cent$
They know, better than most, that God/morality is a hustle.
So why not get paid?
The very first mention of money in the Holy Bible is in the old testament.
And this verse links money with "The Circumcision" == the mark of the Jealous God.
That's because of a deep secret, that money is "created" by the passion of "jealousy".
Actually, money is created by labor... but I get your point.
In a "free" society, it is jealousy/envy within a man that often drives
him to labor... to work, to toil, in ways he would not, for MONEY.
And it is the rewards of money that the jealous of heart seeks,
that much does seem clear... but what of this Jealous God?
The Biblical word for God is “EL” and that word is not Jewish in origin,
but rather it traces back to older Levant (Canaanite) religion. We might
ask what reward is in the mind of this Jealous God, but that question
doesn't make it a lot of sense when you realize EL was just the Father
of the Canaanite Pantheon and the Jew re-purposed EL for their own
nationalistic needs. Namely, to forge their own tribal identity.
It follows then that to control money (the passion of men) is the
way to control the world. Control and manipulate beliefs, that
is the name of the game. Communism/Capitalism, who cares
what the political ideology might be--it is all about money.
So, from a religious point of view, "money" measures the amount of "jealousy" that has been created in the society. ....Notice that advertisers use
the same trick effectively, to sell that fancy car. They'll put a young beautiful woman to stand next to the Porsche, and show those images on the TV,
to inspire the young men to go out and work, to make the money and buy that car. The car gets the girl, and the jealous impulse is satisfied, hence
the Jew has his tools circumcised, to remind him, not to fall for that simple trick.
You claim this is how money is created. Or rather, you claim this is
what Jews are taught from a very young age, all about the theory and
reality of money through reading the Torah. This may be, I can't say.
But it does raise a question about what Jesus was teaching.
In your view, what was Jesus teaching with his Parable of the Talents?
When this young Rabbi told a story of how stewards used their master's
money, he speaking to his fellow Jews, but did they understand his
meaning.... and do we? How does this parable us?
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