A Student of History

September 24, 2007

Denouncing the “profit mind-set”

Filed under: Simple Living,The world today — John Maass @ 6:40 am

I am always pleased when world leaders speak up against consumerism, consumption, and greed.  Although I am not in favor of any government telling people how they ought to spend their discretionary income, I do support those figures–religious, political, or popular–who will rightly pint out that our purpose on earth is not to get all we can for ourselves. 

Thus, I was quite pleased to read that on Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI (and who better?) stated in a public speech that “life was about making choices between good and bad, between altruism and egoism, honesty and dishonesty.”  Its amazing how many people forget that, and not just the Enron folks, who should be spending every day for the rest of their lives dedicated to humiliating service to others as an example.  As reported in The USA Today

Pope Benedict XVI denounced what he called the world’s “profit mind-set,” warning Sunday that money can turn people into “blind egoists” and urging the wealthy to share their riches with the poor.

As long as governments don’t get into heavy handed mandatory wealth redistribution schemes, that to me is a great idea.  Too bad so many folks don’t come to this realization themselves.  Benedict also stated that “The world’s hunger and ecological emergencies are denouncing with increasing evidence the profit mind-set, which if allowed to prevail, increases the disproportionality of rich and poor and a ruinous exploitation of the planet.  On the other hand, when the mind-set of sharing and solidarity prevails, you can correct your course and change it to a sustainable and equal development.”

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