So in yesterday’s post, we discussed Brian’s comment about millions of people being oppressed by others pursuing greed. I believe both the oppressor and the oppressed are co-creators in lack.
Take the example I gave two days ago in the Skepticism versus Cynicism post. That guy who didn’t buy the hotel will say afterward he was victimized by the greedy people. But he actually had the same opportunity for prosperity. He just didn’t take it.
Take another example:
Politicians get drunk with power and want to stay in office. So they create entitlement programs to buy off large chucks of voters. They run a deficit, have to print more money, which devalues the currency, causes inflation, and makes the situation worse. The herd won’t care, as long as they’re offered free health care or other forms of Socialism. They figure the evil, greedy rich people don’t need the money anyway.
Eventually the government cannot keep up the Ponzi scheme just by taxing the productive members of society, because there are too few of them and too many people that decide it makes more sense to go for the handouts. So the government creates the perfect “stupid tax” – a lottery.
People that can least afford it, will take money they could be spending on groceries to try and win a multi-million-dollar payout. Of course they are being victimized, but that’s a victimization they actually volunteered for.
Now try this one on for size. Quoting James Allen from As a Man Thinketh:
"It has been usual for men to think and to say, ‘Many men are slaves because one is an oppressor; let us hate the oppressor.’
“Now, however, there is among an increasing few a tendency to reverse this judgment, and to say, ‘One man is an oppressor because many are slaves; let us despise the slaves.’"
What do you think about that?