Sunday, April 20, 2014
Today is Easter Sunday.
Whether or not you celebrate Easter, resurrection is an ancient myth that was old before humans invented writing. The Ancient Egyptian story of the resurrection of Osiris dates back to a time long before Menes unified the Two Lands creating the fabled Old Kingdom of Egypt in approximately 3,000 BC.
Jesus was a rabbi and the core principle of his teachings is the Golden Rule:
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
Rabbi Hillel, who lived and died before Jesus was born, expressed the Golden Rule:
“That which is hateful to you, do not do to another. That is the whole Law. The rest is commentary. Now go and learn.”
Greed is one of the seven deadly sins and incompatible with the Golden Rule.
Nevertheless, greed is the so-called invisible hand that regulates the free market and, according to neoliberals, the only acceptable form of regulation. Not only is unrestricted greed an acceptable business plan, it has become the only acceptable business plan. Thus, has greed been accorded godlike status.
And we wonder why the world is so messed up.
On this day that we celebrate resurrection and rebirth, we would do well to recommit ourselves to living the Golden Rule. Believing it is not enough. Breath it. Live it. Become it, now.
Rabbi Hillel also said,
“If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am not for others, what am I? And if not now, when?”
We are in this together.
Greed is not a path to prosperity. It is a path to corruption, exploitation, enslavement and chaos.
We all know know it.
Now let’s do something about it.