The Idolatry of Money
This short video has woken me up to who Bernie Sanders is. I haven’t really paid him much attention till now. The Bernie Sanders Wikipedia page gives a good brief outline of who he is and what he’s done. Here, Bernie talks about the comments of the Pope on The Idolatry of Money.
This video is amazing. We have a politician talking truth and advocating changes in our society that would have us all turning around and facing the right direction. It’s really refreshing to see someone like Bernie speaking out on these issues. Greed is our enemy and maybe it’s our most significant one.
You can watch the video here or read the full transcript below.
“What the Pope is talking about, and what I’m talking about is to say that we have got to do our best and live our lives in a way that alleviates human suffering, that does not accelerate the disparities of income and wealth. When he talks about wealth being used to serve people, not as an end in itself, I agree with that. In this country, and obviously the Pope is a worldwide figure, the Church is worldwide, we are the wealthiest country in the history of the world, and if you go out on the street and you ask people, “Did you know that we’re the wealthiest country in the world?” they’d say, “No, I’m working two or three jobs, I’m making $8 an hour, I don’t know that we’re the wealthiest. I can’t afford child care for my children.” So what the Pope is saying is that human life, our existence, should be more than just the accumulation of more and more wealth. And everybody knows that right now we have the wealth, we have the technology to provide at least a decent standard of living for all our people. We are living in a world where greed has become, for the wealthiest people, their own religion and they make no apologies for it. And, I see in this country, people who are worth billions and billions of dollars pushing for policies that will make the rich richer and everybody else poorer. And I think what the Pope has done in a very bold way is not only talk about what he calls the dispossessed – that is, the children who are pushed aside, the elderly who are lonely and pushed aside, people who just don’t have enough income to survive – and that is of extraordinary importance unto itself, but what he has also done is raise the issue of the worship of money, the idolatry of money, and to say maybe that’s not what human life should be about.”