“Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.” Jesus said that [Mathew 13:12]. Jesus was speaking about certain inner qualities, particularly the ability to perceive and understand.
“The top one percent of the wealthiest people on the planet own nearly fifty percent of the world's assets while the bottom fifty percent of the global population combined own less than one percent of the world's wealth,” says John Queally quoting latest statistics.
Jesus lived in a time when human societies were organised around religion and the values and principles considered important by religion. We are living in a time when the societies revolve round economy and economic considerations. But what Jesus said holds good even today. Those who have are getting more in our world too: the rich are getting richer. And the poor are being eliminated.
When Capitalism began its royal global march about a quarter of a century ago, its professed objective was to create more wealth for everyone. At that time 20% of the population rich countries owned 80% of the wealth. Thanks to the success of the capitalist system, the ratio continued to grow in favour of the privileged few so much so that 1% people own 50% of the world’s wealth. Those who have were given more. And from those who did not have, whatever little they had was also taken away. Or it is being taken away. On that taking away lies the foundation of capitalism.
Poverty will be eliminated, promised the Bretton Woods Institutions which delivered capitalism to the entire world on platters lined with loans and regulations. Now poverty is being successfully eliminated by eliminating the poor themselves.
The classless society that Karl Marx envisaged is emerging slowly from the cleverly contrived experiments in the capitalist laboratories in the West. That will be the only one class fit enough to survive in the world of Darwinian struggles. The population of even that class will continue to dwindle as time goes by. A few will live life king size and the rest will be trampled under the royal strides. Among those royal boots a few will be those of Indians. We, Indians, can feel proud about ourselves. But will skeletons lying under tombstones without epitaphs have feelings such as pride?