“Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong; for like the grass they will soon wither.” (Psalm 37:1-2)
I read that in my devotional this morning, and it was so needed; for I frequently find myself full of pain and fear over the evil that is in this world.
I guess I have known this for a long time, but the older I get, the heavier the weight it carries: capitalism feeds greed.
It isn’t even about wanting more and more, and working hard to get it. That, I suppose, is what capitalism is about: the hope that if you work hard enough, and give enough of yourself, your circumstances (will?) improve.
But that isn’t the reality for most people – and even that isn’t what bothers me most.
It is the greed that says, “I will do whatever it takes to get ahead,” and either doesn’t take into account, or doesn’t even care what it costs to others.
Like pet food companies that work for profit, and keep products on the market even when they know it is killing animals.
Like clothing companies, or toy companies, or shoe companies, or… just about everything that uses slave labour to create products at the cheapest cost to sell in richer markets for a huge profit – not caring what they are doing to the people on the bottom.
Like people who cut down rain forests to grow crops to feed animals, so people in the developed world can feel rich eating much more meat than their bodies require – while people are starving in other parts of the world, and plants and animals that should have been left alone, become extinct.
Like people who buy multi-million dollar vacation homes that are left unused much of the time while children are dying of hunger, and for lack of proper medicines and clean water.
So much evil! So much greed!
And it overwhelms me most of the time; I can’t block it out.
How could we?
How could we keep doing this year after year, and decade after decade, and think it is okay?
And I guess if it weren’t for money, people would seek power in its place – and people would be abused, and used, and killed for others to get to the top. And I ask myself, why is it so competitive? Why can’t we work in cooperation instead? Why can’t we make it better?
But the world is full of evil, and sometimes it seems that evil will win.
But evil doesn’t win – and that is what this verse reminded me of today. “In the end it will all be okay; and if it isn’t okay, it isn’t the end.”
I read the book. I know how the story ends. If only I could remember that when I look around and see how bad things are right now.