An Insidious Idol

Uncle Sam wants you

Commerce is supported by keeping the individual at odds with himself and others, by making us want more than we need, and offering credit to buy what refined senses do not want.

The masses become shackled; I see how their eyes weep and are desperate – of course they feel desperate – for something some remedy that a poor soul then feels needs to be bought.

I find nothing more offensive than a god who could condemn human instincts in us that time in all its wonder have made perfect.

I find nothing more destructive to the well-being of life than to support a god that makes you feel unworthy and in debt to it.

I imagine erecting churches to such a strange god will assure endless wars that commerce loves.

A god that could frighten is not a god – but an insidious idol and weapon in the hands of the insane.

A god who talks of sin is worshipped by the infirm.

I was spiritually ill once – we all pass through that – but one day the intelligence in my soul cured me.

Meister Eckhart – written 700 years ago