Prosperity and Ethics

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When massive corporations seek only to maintain their own power by artificially stimulating consumer demand and then stuffing the consumer’s face with everything they now imagine they want, our souls and our civilization continue to devolve and decay. But when entrepreneurs, through shrewdness and innovation, create wealth by benefiting others as well as themselves, this increased prosperity improves all of life and serves God’s purpose (“Be fruitful and multiply”). This is why the ‘master’ in Christ’s parable welcomed the slave who had turned five talents into ten back into His joy, but threw the slave who merely maintained the status quo back into the outer darkness.

Prosperity is the goal of economics. But for society as a whole, economic prosperity is a means to an end, and we have perverted this ideal by making the accumulation of wealth an end in itself, by making it the cold relentless motive for all the decisions we make as a nation and as individuals. The result of this is the emptiness and drudgery of the human ant hill, increased poverty and misery, and ever more violence in our cities and across the world, rather than the magnificent cultural flowering of Beauty, Wisdom, and Spirit, that was the dream of the American Founders.