Today, I want to talk about the warehousing of people for Money
Because it’s a Huge Problem.

I’m not here to debate you about terminology because this misses the point. I don’t care what you call it. “A rose by any other name…”

I’m not here to talk about the particulars either. You can look them up if you care and, if you don’t know or care by now, you are likely part of the problem.

If you really don’t know and do care, Google: Concentration Camps.

From a Disability Perspective, Google: Willowbrook State School.

You can also look up, Prison Industrial Complex or Nursing Home Abuses.

There is no shortage of examples.

But, I’m not here to talk about any of that. I’m here to talk about one thing: MONEY.

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Because, if you want to know where the problem is, follow the money.

I’ll even let you in on a secret:

The same people getting tax breaks are the same people making the money.

Sure, they’d like to keep the fight between us at the bottom; those who have little and those who have less.

After all, if we are fighting, they can keep making money.

The problem is top down.

Furthermore, when you are in the business of making money at other people’s expense, no amount of money is ever enough.

Now, they’ll tell you, they’ve earned it.

“With work and a can-do attitude, you can do anything…”

Nonsense.  

There are a lot of people who work hard and are poor.

Relatively speaking to those at the top, that’s most of us.

And, don’t get caught up in semantics because you want to align up. That’s nonsense too.

See Again: The desire to keep the fight between those who have little and those who have less.

Nobody really makes it on their own just as nobody is born without potential that isn’t elevated or diminished by societal constructs.

People in power refuse to acknowledge this because equity would threaten their power.

That’s why they work hard to keep you from acknowledging it too.

Because, for people who want to make money at the expense of others, it is never enough.

They will never relinquish power to create equity.

They will never contribute their fair share toward our common good.

It’s always take more, provide less.

So, they’ll cut staffing, cut services, lock people away to make money, and overcrowd as many people into the least amount of space as possible. All in the name of dollars.

They’ll make it sound good, sure. They’ll tell you things like, “They have a responsibility to the shareholders.”

What they don’t tell you is that they, and others who look an awful lot like them, are the shareholders.

I can say this for certain. It isn’t me and I’m guessing it isn’t you either.

Be careful, though, they are persuasive.

You see, they know another important thing.

They know our fear and vulnerability and use it against us.

But, we don’t like to think about our own vulnerability or mortality.

So, it’s easier to lock people away.

We don’t like to think about our own insecurity.

So, it’s easier to lock people away.

We don’t like to consider our prejudices against people who might look different than us. Again, we want to align up.

So, it’s easier to lock people away.

Except, once, you lock everyone away, and push everyone on the margins to the outside, you’re the only one left.

In the world of never enough money that’s a dangerous place to be.

If you want to identify the problem, follow the money.

It leads right back to the top.

Check back Thursday where I’ll discuss what Jesus had to say about money, children, and people on the margins.

In the meantime, I’d love to hear what you think.

Wherever you find yourself this day, thanks for journeying with me and remember in the world of justice and Love, Love Accepts You No Exceptions.

Peace Love and Acceptance

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