Money as the yardstick for human accomplishment ... how grotesque is that?!
In Israel, U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney told an assembly of would-be donors:
Palestinians, whose lot has been largely shaped by Israeli dicta backed by American arms, were understandably outraged.As you come here and you see the GDP per capita, for instance, in Israel which is about $21,000 dollars, and compare that with the GDP per capita just across the areas managed by the Palestinian Authority, which is more like $10,000 per capita, you notice such a dramatically stark difference in economic vitality.
But for a would-be American president to take such a position heaps shame on an America that is already losing its balance by leaps and bounds. Sure, the moneyed may win the day, but the terrain they will now rule is as charred and sere as any hit by a wildfire in Arizona.
Romney went on to suggest that the Palestinians "simply need to pull themselves up by their...oh, they don't have any footwear," whereupon he texted Wal-Mart CEO Michael Duke, encouraging him to double down on the construction of super centers in the Palestinian territories.ReplyDelete
Money is darn useful for buying stuff like food and medicine. As yardsticks go, it ain't half bad.ReplyDelete
Money as a yardstick tends to be a measure of greed. Why not measure how many people have enough food and medicine as a measure of our humanity? Civilization suggests social responsibilities.ReplyDelete