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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

An Appeal to the Wealthy: STEP UP!

I sincerely doubt that those among us - our human "family" - who have been blessed with much will read this. If perchance one or two do, they'll doubtless stop reading quite early on.

So what will I do? I shall still write as though you, the wealthy, ARE listening.

Our government, which ultimately consists of all of us, is in crisis.

You have the resources to put an end to this. To put an end to human suffering which, if we continue on the current path, will be unlike anything formerly seen in our nation, and perhaps our world.

Now, it is much more convenient, easy, comfortable, to live in the insular world you've set up for yourselves. To sit in first class. To avoid associating with the masses. To only attend churches that, rather than challenging you to be better, to be more like Jesus, salve what is left of your conscience. To live a lifestyle of gluttony in every dimension. To give to causes, yes, under the guise of philanthropy... but only if you can get a tax deduction. To endorse, wittingly or not, a system that has become corrupt and, from a moral standpoint, even evil.

What would happen if you stepped up to the plate now, today?

If you VOLUNTARILY "tightened your belt" as you are asking the rest of us to do, and gave a portion of it to end this crisis?

Our nation would prosper. Our states would prosper. Human beings would prosper.

Maybe you'd sleep better at night, as well.

You'd no longer have to hide. You'd no longer have to suffer the disrespect (warranted, in my opinion) of many of us in that 99% who fall, to varying degrees, into the "have not" category. You'd no longer have to worry about strikes or boycotts.

You'd even save money! Yes! If you did not have to funnel so much of your wealth into attorney fees, think tanks, organizations, political campaigns that you feel are necessary to protect yourselves and your "rights", you'd save money.

YOU would profit - because the rest of us would have the resources and much more of a desire to buy whatever it is you are selling.

By writing a check, which likely would have very little impact on your bottom line, you could put an end to the myriad of crises facing us. All of us. Even you.

My Bible says "To whom much is given, much will be required". That's an inconvenient truth, but it's still truth.

I want to leave you with a quote and my ultimate plea:
"To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket- safe, dark, motionless, airless--it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable." - C.S. Lewis

Do the right thing. Help your country and its citizens. Help your world. Be ready to answer God when you stand before him and he asks you:

"What did you do with what I gave you?"

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