Joseph and the One Percent
June 2, 2012 2 Comments
You should know that jealousy and envy disguised as “fairness” and “equality” play important roles in a liberal’s political drama.
Remember the Bible story of Joseph and the coat. Joseph’s eleven brothers, assuming that Joseph was their father’s favorite son, became extremely jealous when Joseph received a beautiful coat as a gift from his father. So jealous were they in fact that they plotted to kill Joseph. But after much hand wringing and intervention by the oldest brother they sold Joseph into slavery. This was deemed a more humane solution.
The brothers in order to deflect their guilt gave their father a bloodied garment as proof of their ‘sincere’ lie that Joseph had been killed by a wild animal. The brothers then considered their “problem” to be out of sight and out of mind. What mattered most to them was to maintain status quo – everybody was to remain equal.
From a mature point of view the brothers should not have been jealous. Joseph’s father Jacob had every right to give the coat to whomever he wanted. But the brothers grumbled and cried foul amongst themselves as do liberals today whenever there is a perceived breach of societal equity.
Today’s popular psychology helps feed the popular jealousy by reverse thinking. Instead of providing a positive unselfish viewpoint Freudian based psychology points the finger back at dad the authority figure: “you feel that you didn’t get your fair share of love from your father.” “Your father treated your brother with more love and affection. “Your father should have given you more. He should have been fair with you so let’s help you figure out how to get your fair share.” This nonsense is played out day after day in the liberal media and by president Obama with “fair share” rhetoric.
These liberal folks will tell you as they have been counseled that life has not given you your fair share so you must demand fairness: “Look at your life. Do you have what he has? No?” “Then demand it.” “Demand your right to healthcare. Demand your right to force the 1% to pay higher taxes. Demand your right to live off another person’s property.” This type of debilitating psychology streams from media outlets day and night promoting jealousy, envy and unrest in the people who hear it.
Co-opted, high-sounding and sanctimonious words hide the real motivation behind the left’s policies: jealousy and envy hiding in the wings waiting for the chance to ‘correct’ the unfairness.
Consider this assessment of the Left’s use of innocuous language to achieve their ‘righteous’ ends. Here is Thomas Sowell, economist :
“The left has a whole vocabulary devoted to depicting people who do not meet the standards as people who have been denied “access.” Whether it is academic standards, job qualifications or credit requirements, those who do not measure up are said to have been deprived of “opportunity,” “rights” or “social justice.”
The word games of the left – from the mantra of “diversity” to the pieties of “compassion” – are not just games. They are ways of imposing power by evading issues of substance through the use of seductive rhetoric.
“Rights,” for example have become an all purpose term used for evading both facts and logic by saying that people have a “right” to whatever the left wants to give them by taking from others.
For centuries, rights were exemptions from government power, as in the Bill of Rights. Now the left has redefined rights as things that can demanded from the taxpayers, or from private employers or others, on behalf of people who accept no mutual obligations, even for common decency.”
Joseph was one of twelve brothers. He was 1/12th or 8.333 % of the whole. 8.333% had something the 91.667 % didn’t have. Rounding off, the 92% were envious of the 8% so the 92% decided to bring the 8% down to zero, thus making things fair in their eyes. Removing Joseph from the picture also meant that their inheritance was now larger, divided only eleven ways instead of twelve. Because of envy and jealousy the 92% proceeded to sell the 8% into slavery and bondage, though murder was considered. Think about that before you vote for Obama and the Democrats. Think about that when you hear them demanding that the 1% should dish out their shovel ready wealth for your benefit.
Being your brother’s keeper is so much more than keeping him around and keeping him in his place by only giving him his “fair share.” It is dealing justly with him by giving him what is due him. So if a man has been given a gift or has a talent bless him and do not curse him. If a man receives more than you be thankful to God for what you do have and for his gain. But, if you by jealousy and envy, in order to make yourself feel better about yourself, your situation and the world at large, confiscate another man’s property, if you subjugate his person and sell him into slavery or if, when envy has matured into its final state you seek to murder the man better off than you then know that his blood will cry out for justice. Know that God will avenge those treated unjustly.