January 06-B, 2023

Wetlands Geese 01/11/2013 Oil Paint Rendered — Guilford County near Summerfield, North Carolina
Taoism is not a religion.
No gods to please or displease.
No theology.
No doctrine.
No ecclesiastical hierarchy.
No organs.
No hymnbooks.
No Bible studies...

But one thing it shares in common
with all religions
is an utter incompatibility
with Capitalism in all forms.

The profit motive is the original sin.

Adam and Eve were in Paradise
and sought a better life.

One of the Lost Sayings of Jesus goes,
"If you are in it for more than you have,
you are never going to get there."

The second pillar of Capitalism is,
"There is always more than you have,
and you can never have enough."

Capitalism fosters greed,
ruthlessness,
viciousness,
rapacity,
craving,
envy,
jealously,
discontent,
the wrong kind of emptiness
and wandering soullessness.

Knowing when we have what we need
and being content with that
is nature's way.

Nature has no need of banks
and stock markets.
And Capitalism 
has no need of nature,
as the lessons of history
have shown.

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Published by jimwdollar

I'm retired, and still finding my way--but now, I don't have to pretend that I know what I'm doing. I retired after 40.5 years as a minister in the Presbyterian Church USA, serving churches in Louisiana, Mississippi and North Carolina. I graduated from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, in Austin, Texas, and Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. My wife, Judy, and I have three daughters and five granddaughters within about twenty minutes from where we live--and are enjoying our retirement as much as we have ever enjoyed anything.

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