INCOME INEQUALITY: HOW TO UNDERSTAND IT AND HOW TO ADDRESS IT. PART 5 MONEY MAGNIFICATION AND THE ORGANIC LAW OF PROPORTIONALITY
“Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while this house remains a ruin?” Haggai 1:4
The internet has only magnified the discrepancy between the monied minority and the masses of workers who live in poverty or below it. The natural law of proportionality is understood by those who work for wages. Every laborer is worthy of his hire.
The acquisition and use of money – particularly that generated by corporations where mother nature is rarely compensated and the internet where the same item can be sold thousands of times for its one time production – all needs to be brought into harmony with the natural law of proportionality. ‘In all creatures of the earth there is a scientific law of proportionality. Human beings have two arms, two legs, a torso and a head. There is a scientific range of size. So called little people and a huge person at seven feet define the range. This proportionality is true for all the species of the earth’. (1) In the acquisition of money – for instance, corporations, there is the generation of money followed by the disposition of it – to shareholders who have invested in the corporation. This investment had to come from money above what is required to live at the level of the particular lifestyle of the investor.
In the past many or most people used all of the money they earned to support their family. The law of proportionality applies to the basic needs of humans; food to eat, shelter, mobility or freedom and happiness which Aristotle calls an activity of the soul. The range in terms of basic needs is not wide as King Lear expresses on the heath – ‘O reason not the need, Our basest beggars Are in the poorest thing superfluous. Allow not nature more than nature needs, Man’s life is cheap as beast’s’. King Lear Wm. Shakespeare. (2) Now, because of the diversion of money to the small and getting smaller, number of investors or those who had or have additional money to begin with, and the internet entrepreneurs in the business of sales of internet produced items, most of the average workers-for-wages are losing or have already lost, economic stability.
“You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it”. Haggai 1:6‘
Money, by itself is inorganic, a token, a chip, a coin, a piece of paper. It was invented to be used in a transaction which is a mathematical construct, also inorganic. Money’s meaning or its value or its claim to authenticity in our organic universe comes solely from the human beings who control it’ (3)
So the call is out for all those citizens who find themselves in the minority mentioned above, to be cognizant of of the natural law of proportionality and to search for ways to comply with it. Some of these ways are addressed in the next chapter BALANCING THE BUDGET OF HUMANITY’S NEEDS AND THE FULFILMENT OF THOSE NEEDS.
(1), (2), (3), There Are No Enemies,
Mary Anneeta Mann
Rev. Mary A. Mann, Ph.D., was born in Australia and is descended from early Queensland pioneers. Her father was an original ANZAC, a member of the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps who fought on the Gallipoli Peninsular in 1915. Mary is a graduate of the University of Sydney, the University of California in Berkeley and the University of Southern California where she secured her Ph.D. in Communications and Theatre.
Her working career was in accounting where she became a Qualified Accountant in Australia and was the first Controller of the Pacifica Foundation in the 1970s.
Her academic career centered around her passion for finding out ‘why war’. Her first book on this topic, Anzac to Understanding included her father’s war letters and a social commentary on the global situation from the beginning of the First World War through the 20th century and it included the epic play ANZAC. The philosophy culminated in the book There Are No Enemies, a practical philosophy of life, which includes The Right of the Womb. Her theatre studies culminated in The Construction of Tragedy, Aristotle today in the theatre and she edited two editions of The Los Angeles Theatre Book, 1978 and 1984.
Mary has been a member of Unity- and- Diversity since 1989 where she is now the Board Chair and co-edited the book Science and Spirituality with the founder of that organization. Rev. Leland Stewart.
She joined the Synthaxis Theatre Company in 1979. Her creative work includes Poems of Woman, editor of Mentoring Poems, four centuries of selected poetry, Tortoise Shell, taken from a journal of her great-grandfather documenting life in the early days of the State of Queensland, Australia, and under the aegis of Synthaxis, plays for youth and family audiences, Maria and the Comet and The Round Table, published as TWO FAMILY PLAYSand ThuGun and Natasha, a drama with rap, moving beyond guns and violence .
In North Hollywood, she is the co-host of Unbuckled No-Ho Poetry, a monthly poetry reading series since 2010, which you can view here:youtube.com/unbucklednohopoetry
Mary has been presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who’s Who