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Poor Little Rich Thief

by Michael Levy(more info)

listed in personal growth, originally published in issue 191 - February 2012

 
With so many financial scandals affecting people's health it may be time for us to put things in perspective before our health suffers.

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Many years ago in 'Merry Old England', people lived under the whims of evil barons and lords. The rich got richer, whilst the poor were taxed more and given harder tasks to perform. Legend has it that a hero by the name of Robin Hood came along to rob from the rich and give to the poor. The 'good' King Richard (thanks to a feeble-minded belief system) was away fighting crusades in the Middle East.

(Why do some religions believe their way is the only way and need to kill to prove their point?)
 
The kings younger brother 'bad' John (who was a far right, universal lawbreaker) aided the evil barons and lords to extract more and more money from the poor communities. It seems both good and bad brothers caused many innocent deaths, so perhaps there is no good and bad in leadership...Only Ignorance! The rich in those days could get away with rape of servants, (they were blessed by priests), murder, (protest and you die) and a whole host of diabolical acts, whilst the poor peasants were executed for stealing a loaf of bread to feed their family. We have come a long way from the days of injustice and inequality, or have we?


"To be at once exceedingly wealthy and good is impossible."
Plato (c. 428-348 BC)
 

Is it possible that we are reverting (did we ever leave them?) to the 'Merry Old Days' of robbing the poor, to feed the greed of the rich few? If so, who will be our hero? Who will speak out and make the changes necessary to make life equal for everyone? The inequality of justice in America is being stretched beyond the realms of legend and fiction. New financial scandals continue to emerge from the books of unscrupulous corporations and financial institutions. If this is not bad enough, ordinary folks are prosecuted with the vigour of the devil.

Just a few examples of how the 'simple people' are being abused from the headlines a few years ago are;
 

  • A twelve year old child was fined $2000 for downloading a CD on a computer;
  • Residents living in a UK cul-de-sac have been ordered by their council to pay a £50 charge to use their own garden gates;
  • A man was sentenced to 50 years to life in California for stealing $153 worth of goods (The three strikes and you're out law). After an appeal the sentence was upheld!
  • Young soldiers who were injured, fighting for their county in Iraq, were asked to pay $8.00 a day for food whilst they are in hospital. Many have lost limbs. They were also asked to contribute to their air fare home;
  • In many small towns, big business is using local government to compulsory purchase (under eminent domain law) the homes and businesses of ordinary people. This heartless uprooting of folks from their family homes and established business is being legislated so that large businesses can acquire the land for redevelopment and monetary gain. It seems a wo/man's home is no longer their castle and the law can be used against law-abiding citizens so that more profit can feed the greedy few.

A multitude of injustices are being perpetrated on our society by high-powered gluttonous villains. They are protected by the law-makers who are busy going after 'The Little Guys' with merciless zeal. Backward politicians gain more and more control in enforcing ridged man-made laws that go against the universal laws (laws of nature) of creation/evolution. At the same time they have no oversight of hedge funds whose derivative swaps has cost the taxpayers billions of dollars to fund the losses.


 "To know what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice"
Confucius
 

Yes, many of the rich are getting richer by cheating, swindling and fraud on a scale that is measured in billions. And still their illicit schemes do not fracture their clandestine methods with the amount of money they steal. They find more and more devious methods of extracting more pirated booty. All the while, the poor become poorer.


"The best things in life are nearest: Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you. Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life's plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life."
Robert Louis Stevenson
 

The villainy filters through all segments of society. It seems every time a corporate stone of double-dealing is moved, corrupt vermin and wrenched worms crawl out to protest their innocence in the methods they used to hoodwink the public. The more powerful the thieves get, the more money they steal (What a great comeback it is for Ali Baba in a business suit, however; his forty thieves have multiplied somewhat!). And the law of the land just sits back and grins at the bent crooks who are basking in their avarice and greed. Oh! they are such jolly good fellows (not really) who pat themselves on the back with each extra million they pilfer from the poor and down-trodden masses.

Perhaps we should now say; "bring me your poor and down trodden and lets see how American business ethics can extort their pints of blood from you."


 "There is a wonderful law of nature that the three things we crave most - happiness, freedom, and peace of mind- are always attained by giving them to someone else."
Anonymous
 

Still, through all the cunning and conniving of the greedy goblins, we most not lose our sense of balance and joy of life. No larcenist lives a happy life. They may have trophy homes with $300,000 kitchens with butler panty (Do they really keep butlers in there?), but they live with anger and a loathing of their fellow human.  They must despise other people, or why else would they cheat them? Therefore, we must not get down to their low-life level and succumb to hatred. Better we have compassion for the thieves who may be rich in money, but poor in spirit.


"Joy in looking and comprehending is nature's most beautiful gift."
Albert Einstein
 

The man-made laws can be and will be manipulated by the rich and powerful. However, high-ranking scallywags cannot manoeuvre Universal laws (the laws of nature). If the Pirates of Wall Street continue to live with a mask of deceit and a miserable life to boot... what good are their millions and billions. Whilst dedicating time on being accurate in accounting for their miscalculations and deceptions... The scallywags have duped themselves out of living a truly happy, simple, authentic life.... Time will not give them a refund. After all is said and done, a clear mind sleeps in serene fields of wonderment and no amount of money can buy tranquillity and peace of mind.
 

"To put the world right in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right."
Confucius
 

The bottom line is, if your health is being affected by your view of politics, religion, financial markets, or anything else that is beyond your control, then find the true controller of the universe that can set you straight.

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About Michael Levy

Michael Levy is an international talk show host, philosopher, poet and the author of ten inspirational books.  His new book is titled Cutting Truths. Michael's poetry and essays enhance many web sites, newspapers, journals and magazines throughout the world. He is a prominent speaker on health and wellness maintenance, stress eradication, wealth creation and development, authentic happiness and inspirational poetry. Michael's web site: www.pointoflife.com/

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