Trout Fisting In America #10 – Capitalism

Let me make this as clear as possible: we live in a society that requires money in order to get food/shelter/necessities, and the only way to get this money is to work. But because society hasn’t figured out how to provide jobs for everyone, there will always be people who can’t get money, and without any other support these people will suffer and might eventually die. Now keep in mind none of us chose to be born into this society; none of us played a part in its creation or the creation of these rules. And yet here we are.

So when some government official, or one of your neighbors, talks about denying or cutting unemployment benefits, or food assistance, or medical care, they are saying that even though we live in a society where some people don’t have any money—through no fault of their own (keep in mind we have more people than jobs, and definitely more people than good-paying jobs)—it’s okay for those people to suffer, it’s okay for them to die.

It’s beyond heartless. People who talk this way are cruel and they’re sick, and they fit into any definition of sociopath you want to throw at them.

In this country, weirdly enough, a lot of these people call themselves christians—they do this very loudly & publicly. There are reality TV stars with more humility than some of these christians.

Since Jesus loved allegories so much, I’m going to tell a story, and yes there will be animals involved.

There’s a cow pasture near our house, and whenever I take my little boy for a walk we make it a point to stop in and see how the cows are doing (his ‘moo’ is both very adorable & exceptionally cow-like). The field has plenty of grass for the cows to eat, and they seem to have no problem sharing it among themselves.

But if we went there tomorrow and one of the cows had taken all the grass and was now forcing the others to perform meaningless tasks in exchange for the grass, and the weaker cows, or the cows unable to find a task, were all starving or dead, we’d think there was something seriously wrong with the cow in charge, that it had somehow gone crazy, that it needed to be stopped.

I wouldn’t want my son to have to see it every day, and I wouldn’t know how to explain it to him.

And yet.

And yet this is how we live. There’s enough for everyone, and yet each election we voluntarily, and sometimes enthusiastically, vote people into office on the promise that they will ensure our fellow human beings needlessly suffer and in some cases eventually die, so we can have more for ourselves. Some people even think they’re doing these people a favor.

This isn’t a civilization; it’s a collective mental illness.

Trout Fisting In America appears every Tuesday right here at this site. We’re going to keep going until we reach #50, or until the Trout begs for mercy. Check out previous installments HERE.

About ScottCreney

Scott Creney lives in Athens, Georgia. He is the author of "Dear Al-Qaeda: Letters to the World’s Most Notorious Terror Organiztion".
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