Marvelous Work and a Wonder® Episode 20 How to End World Hunger – Worldwide United Foundation
Petitioning the President of the United States
Two hundred thirty years ago, a group of humans were determined to establish a sovereign nation and institute their own laws based on their personal wants and needs. Without regard for the native inhabitants, they immigrated to a new land, overran it, and called it their own. Secure in their newly found territory, they made a declaration of independence from the government powers and laws that controlled their lives. In so doing, they established the most powerful and comprehensive human society ever known upon this earth. Its economic structure and purpose drastically changed the course of human events, creating a world that revolves around its own perpetuation. This nascent nation’s powerful presence affects the present course and future of all humanity. If it fails, the world will crumble around it. Consequently, only the people who perpetuate it and give it its power and authority can keep it from failing.
Accepting this fact, and that it is increasingly failing to bring the peace and happiness once promised, the people of this earth are uniting together to reinforce its foundation before its walls crumble to the earth on which it sits..
By using this nation’s first Declaration of Independence, and changing a few words to reflect the current needs of its people, we present the solid foundation of a worldwide effort to eliminate what could potentially be the demise of the human race:
(All changes made to the original Declaration of Independence are marked by italic denotation.)
When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for all people to dissolve the political bands which have isolated and separated them from each other, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the united and equal station to which the Laws of Nature or of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of humankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to unite.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all humans are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among us, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.
That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Natural Existence and Happiness.
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that humankind is more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right itself by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them to utter poverty and inequality, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Public Servants for their future security and existence.
Such has been the patient sufferance of the majority of the human race; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their present Systems of Government by the same laws by which these governments were established—the vote of democracy—the Voice of the People. The history of the present world governments and their agendas is a history of repeated injuries and inequalities, all having in direct object the establishment of governing entities that exist to perpetuate themselves without serving the needs of the people who have established them.
They (our governments) have refused to establish Laws, which are the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
They have forbidden their governing bodies to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance to the sustaining of human life, unless suspended in their operation till their campaign of wars have been waged; and when so suspended, they have utterly neglected to attend to them.
They have refused to pass other Laws for the sustenance and welfare of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
They have called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with their measures.
They have outlawed, harassed, and intimidated groups of people thus formed to supplicate them for peace and the basic necessities of life repeatedly, for opposing with firmness their invasions on the rights of the people.
Systematically abolishing term limitations on their members they have refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; they remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of corporate manipulation from without, and corruption within.
They have endeavored to prevent the population of an equal world; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of all Foreigners, by transcending the imaginary borders which they have established to protect them without regarding the ramifications of abuse said borders have on human rights and decency; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of basic human citizenry in a world meant for all.
They have obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing their Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers that protect all people equally, regardless of economic status.
They have made Judges dependent on their Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
They have erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people in protection of corporate rights, while denying personal freedoms.
They have kept among us, in times of peace, Government Bureaucracies without the Consent of our legislatures, whose full determination is to support government imposed policy in spite of what such policies do to the rights of the people and their desire to live without stress and worry of having the basic necessities of life.
They have affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power held by the voice of the people.
They have combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, which should always constitute a guarantee to us all of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving their Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For sending large bodies of armed troops among us at the will of their selfish agendas, pretending to be protecting the people from the people:
For protecting themselves from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of this world through their negligence in assuring the guarantees set herein by the voice of the people:
For controlling our Trade with all parts of the world, assuring that those with whom they have formed secret combinations benefit from this trade, while billions of us suffer from their trade laws and mandates:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury, suffering those so impoverished to accept Plea in Abeyance or PLEA and WAIVER OR RIGHTS agreements, negating the very rights for which we, the people, established the system to judge ourselves:
For transporting many of us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences, such as, but not limited to: illegal immigration, passport violation, and document forgery which we are forced to commit in order to sustain our own lives and the lives of our children:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments, which, instead of protecting the rights of all people to those basic human necessities that allow Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, establish those Forms which benefit the wealthy minority from whom they derive their powers:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
They have abdicated Government throughout the world, by declaring the people out of their Protection and waging War against us.
They have plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
They are at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries, which they call soldiers and heroes, to complete the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, scattered throughout the world with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head ofany civilized nation.
They have constrained our fellow Citizens to take up arms against us, forcing our hand in defense and offense to protect the rights they have taken from us to bear Arms against each other, to become the executioners of our friends and Brethren, or to fall ourselves by their Hands.
They have excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and have endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our world, the merciless travesty which they perpetrated against the native peoples of our earth, calling them, for example, Indian Savages, who once were a peaceful people, taking only from our earth what was needed to sustain their lives, thereby forced into submission to these merciless powers for their very survival; their (the governments’) known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A government, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a humane people.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our fellow humans and our leaders. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislatures to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us, forcing us to war with each other, and causing further human carnage without our majority consent.
We have reminded them of the circumstances of our involuntary emergence (birth) into the human societies of this world. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred. To disavow these proclamations made herein would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence and lead to further degradation of our natural species.
They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity, by which all humans are tied together equally. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, to those whom denounce our Declarations and Intentions, and hold them, as we hold the rest of Humankind, Enemies of Peace and Decency.
We, therefore, the Worldwide United Foundation, by strength of our united voice, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world and the consciences of all its people for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the majority of the good People of planet earth, solemnly publish and declare, That every human thus given the respect and honor of being born into our world, and so-named equally by those here now, will be provided and guaranteed free food, shelter, clothing, health care (both physical and mental), and education, from the day of our birth to the day of our mortal death; and that as a united voice of the majority, we have full Power to demand these things from those who govern us, commanding them to establish international law to protect and enforce our will. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence and our united resolve, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor, herein submitting our names to this cause.
Here is a Plea from the 99% to the 1%.
The Worldwide United Foundation has a plan that the Rich and Poor can work together to eliminate Worldwide Poverty today. Finally a real solution for the World, Religious and Intellectual so called leaders can evaluate this plan and see the empirical evidence that these things are possible today!
Christopher would love to present this plan in detail to any Nation, Political Leaders, Organization, TV- Radio Talk Show but especially to all of Humanity. We are all equal and there is no one that is above another human being. The only reason why the Marvelous Work and a Wonder® exists is to present this concept and PLAN TO THE WORLD!
These are the solutions all can get behind for the first time in peace.
And here’s how we can make it work!
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Spent a good deal of the day shaking my head at the complacent ignorance of my fellow human beings. I write “complacent” because the people of this world remain largely uncritical of their understanding of their own society and how it operates.
It boggles my mind how ignorant the people (especially Americans) are of how the economic system operates on which they depend for their lives.
Nothing could be more ignorant of real truth than one stating that the “taxpayer” and “our taxes” are paying for what the government spends to run the programs and infrastructure on which Americans depend.
There is not one politician with the “cajones” to tell the truth about the matter to their constituency (those who vote for them).
With all due respect to the fact that my mutual siblings are consigned to a state of ignorance while going through the mortal stage of their eternal development here upon this earth, I stand all amazed … (not at the love Jesus offers me) …but at the overall ignorance of the money system that WE CREATED UPON THIS EARTH.
Pages 11 through 15 of the 666 Book, Mark of America–Seat of the Beast, puts the story of the development of money in a profound childlike perspective. This story was related to me during the first few months of my education from the Brothers back in the fall of 1987. I presented the story to a college finance professor in 1999, during my rebellious days when I thought I could help change the world by joining the world. The professor had no comment. Why? Because he knew the story was right on the “money”! :-)
The fools who think that government debt is not good and cannot be allowed are completely ignorant of the very basic fundamentals of economics.
Let’s see if I can make it easy for them to understand:
Think of the world’s money system based on a finite amount of money where no one can print any more money … ever! With a finite money system, debt (borrowing) would be impossible except within the confines of the finite money system itself.
No matter what, we are not allowed to print more money. We have to make due with what is already printed to buy and sell goods and services.
Let’s say there’s only 100 dollars (to keep it simple) that are available to be used to pay for goods and services (otherwise known as a country’s Gross Domestic Product).
Since there’s a limited amount of money, the prices of the goods and services must reflect the limitation placed on the amount of money available (in this simplified example, the $100). In other words, each part of the $100 represents a certain good or service, and divided equally among all the known goods and services, each good and service would would be assigned a dollar amount, which is then taken from the $100 pool.
The value of each is set according to supply and demand. …. (Let’s assume for sake of this simplified example that there are only 10 goods and services available, thus making each worth $10). What if the supply went down and the demand went up of one of the goods or services … let’s say to $20?
This would mean that the value (price) of the other 9 goods and services must adjust to compensate for the new value placed on the $20 product. Now the highest that any of the other 9 products can only be valued (because we can’t print any more money), at the most, is $8.88. ($80 remaining divided by 9 equals $8.88.)
So, because we’re not allowed to print any more money, when the value of one product goes up, it will always reflect a devaluation of the others, which includes, of course “services”; and (in our simplified example) jobs and wages is one of the 10 original goods and services that we are forced to adjust according to the values set within the fiscal spectrum of our finite money system.
All of the available money of the finite money system is being used by a finite number of people. Let’s say (for simplicity sake) 100 people use the available money to buy and sell the 10 goods and services available. These people can’t save any money, because if they do, the money that they save comes out of the $100 allotted for this finite money system. If someone saves $10, then that means that there is only $90 left, which means that the value of the 10 goods and services must go down because of the greed of the one person who wants to save $10 for himself.
What if one of the people has a child, and the 100 people live longer than usual; then instead of dividing the $100 between 100 people, they now have to divide it between 101.
As the population grows, the value of the goods and services and the “wealth” of each individual goes down exponentially according to the number of people that depend on the$100 for goods and services.
Then what happens when a different “good” or “service” is introduced besides one of the original 10?
The original 10 that divided up the $100 between them, will now be devalued according to the number of new goods and services that are invented according to the wants and desires of the people.
A society of humans that depends upon money as the means by which it values the goods and services it produces, CANNOT EXIST WITHIN A FINITE MONETARY SYSTEM.IT IS IMPOSSIBLE!!!
And since a government is the only entity that is allowed to print and issue money, a government that only has $100 is forced to print and issue money according to the needs of society, which in turn, appears to the ignorant masses that the government is going into debt, when in reality, it is only catering to the supply and demand of the masses it oversees, which includes its politicians blaming each other for printing (borrowing) money that the ignorant think affects them negatively, when in fact, it affects them positively.
At any time, the government could print a 15 trillion dollar bill and pay itself back for all the money it borrowed from itself to pay itself for satisfying the supply and demand of the goods and services that its people desire to make themselves happy, which, in turn, gets the government officials elected to the government that will never stop borrowing from itself in the form of printing more money.
Why the politicians and their dire statements of fiscal insolvency and promises of reforms to cut spending, limit government controls, and blah … blah … blah … ?
They have to have something by which to measure their opponent … something that sets them apart from their opponent … something ignorant to say to their ignorant voters, who like a good argument and debate.
We don’t need politicians to run the government any more than we need different colored toothpaste. A generic politician … possibly a computer program named “Hal” … would do just fine and the exact same job.
Freshman politicians (those elected for the first time who haven’t a clue how a governmentreally operates) soon learn that all of their promises, platforms, and elections are useless. They learn really quickly that a government for the people, of the people, by the people is all about people and their desires for goods and services.
The people are the government and the government is the people. But economics runs both.
The economics of this world carries upon its shoulders the people’s wants and desires. It’s like a great beast upon which the people sit and are carried forth.
My good friend John put it this way in symbolic terms:
“… I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.”
It is a complete “mystery” to the understanding of the people of this world how their economic system works. But it’s written upon every one of the foreheads of those who don’t have the “Father’s name” written there instead.
But it’s not a mystery to me and the few with “eyes that see and ears that hear.”
We’ve been given the solution, the panacea to all our economic woes and problems, the brass rod uplifted in the wilderness that can heal the nations, if the people will only look.
But alas … sigh …
They will not look at the plan of the Worldwide United Foundation.
Even though a man will declare it unto them.
And thus I declare.
Taking Hugh Nibley’s published work of similar title borrowed here into consideration it might seem harsh to call taking back a child’s lunch over an unpaid debt, human heresy, but it seems appropriate,.
The crux of the situation is that at Salt Lake ’s Uintah Elementary school officials took back about 40 kids’ lunches thereby enacting a particularly unpleasant proof that no one not even school kids get anything in this world without money.
An incident ironically that is in direct conflict with one of Utah ’s earliest prominent leaders who is quoted as saying “We have enough and to spare at present in these mountains…”and finally is at its core incongruous with how Utah heralds itself a state of high moral values.
Whether people have religious ties or not, agree on political, economical or social subjects or not there is something simply unacceptable with first handing a child lunch and then retracting for financial reasons. Hunger in children of any age or in adults for that matter across continents and cultures should make us uncomfortable and perhaps in that discomfort people could stop and think about why that is.
Of course there are many who’d disagree with any human necessities being given freely to the general public (as the title suggests) holding that such practices and programs serve only to weaken economies and create a lazy populace, but such conclusions continually prove irrational. Several European countries providing free health care and food programs continue to have an industrious citizenry.
On the other hand, Mr. Nibley seems to have accurately described the current economic predilection in light of this school incident when he wrote ‘It is only the human predator who keeps a 24–hour lookout for victims in the manner prescribed in the flourishing contemporary success literature.”
Enough finger pointing is going on as indicated by angry parents and media reports. School officials blame everything from parental lack of funds to lack of USDA regulations regarding feeding children with insufficient money which reports say is a concern across the country. Such hem and hawing seems pointedly ridiculous when weighed against the hungry bellies of school children because if all humans are not the first and foremost beneficiaries of economies then economies are in truth pointless.
Latest media reports indicate a cafeteria manager has been put on administrative leave while an investigation continues. A typical move on the part of school administration, pick a scapegoat to save face and try to appease the public. The problem is so much more systemic than one person following school policy. Without investigating & implementing the WUF plan which allows free nutritious food for all people at all times without cost or financial sacrifice to anyone rich while lifting the poor. Until students of Economics 101 are taught that “money is the power to command goods and services” should end with “for the benefit of all people equally’ many more kids will likely be denied lunch as the world grows ever hungrier.
What constitutes a life well lived one might ask. Living well can be defined in different ways to different people across different cultures. Perhaps at the very least, people can agree that meeting the simplest of human needs is at the very foundation of living well.
Even the most cursory look at conditions across our planet provides endless examples of human life lived anything but well. For example, Shenzhen, China a bustling city of 7 millions where many come to find work has seen such an increase of abandoned babies that the city has reintroduced a European medieval practice known as the Foundling Wheel, shelters where people can leave their babies safely and anonymously.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in spite of having one of the fastest growing economies and the highest abortion rates in Asia is experiencing an unprecedented spike in births and baby abandonment due to increasing poverty, war and disease.
Since gaining independence from the Soviet Union, Kyrgyzstan is experiencing increased economic hardship and poverty resulting in a sharp increase of mothers wanting to sell their babies, others dropping off infants in conspicuous places hoping some kindly person will discover and take mercy on them, while still others under cover of night drop babies in dustbins, sewage pits and ponds.
The most common factors among the women from these examples is that they are themselves often quite young, from impoverished countryside’s, migrating to larger cities with hopes of finding work opportunities and building better lives.
Salt Lake City news is currently reporting once again an increase in child poverty and hunger while simultaneously advertising and soliciting public donations for another new charity to end child hunger called “The Souper Bowl of Caring.” The premise is that if football fans will donate a portion of their super bowl party budgets to the organization child hunger can end for the approximate 175,000 children who may only be receiving healthy meals during the week through free school programs.
Programs of this type exist at every level of society across every city and nation and yet global hunger and poverty resists abatement and in fact grows. For all intents and purposes most of humanity is not living well at all. So if all the world’s charities and programs continually fail to provide answers or solutions, is there? Is there a way that all people could begin to live well?
The Plan of the Worldwide United Foundation (WUF) [wwunited.org] has described specific ways in which these problems can be eliminated and people could begin to live well. One such example is a recent article printed in the “http://www.nationofchange.org/” Called Utah is ending homelessness by giving people homes. Interestingly enough it points out one of the concepts of living well that the WUF has been talking about ever since it was first introduced. See page 536 HUMAN REALITY-Who We Are and Why We Exist! II. SHELTER [Link] as well as our newest video that explains how these principles work.
If the world continues proving the basic working principles of the WUF are valid, by providing food, clothing, shelter, health care and basic education and yet don’t adopt them for all of Humanity, not just a small group here and there, then this life all presently live may not be a life well lived. Meeting the simplest of human needs is at the very foundation of living well, together and using the tools and technology already in place, we can eliminate poverty once, and for all!
Dear Global Neighbors,
In a recent Forbes entrepreneurship piece contributor Martin Zwilling makes reference to the human need for satisfaction and more specifically the need some have to improve their lives and this is never more apparent as at years end. As the beginning of 2014 is close at hand people everywhere set down goals or resolutions and certainly many of those include business ideas or plans for commercial gain.
There is no avoiding the mark of money all of us have it; it rules our lives in many ways. No one survives without the exchange of currency, for without it hardly anyone is able to eat, drink, have shelter, clothing, receive medical attention or an education as desired.
The total of human existence revolves around money and everyday across the globe human’s use it to improve their own lives every way they are able. Mr., Zwilling advises would be entrepreneurs do so when he writes “…the days of ‘job work’ mentality are thankfully waning with more people looking to get satisfaction by making the world a better place, rather than just tolerating brain-numbing work to fund enjoyment elsewhere.”
Forbes advises entrepreneurs approach ideas from a “globalization” attitude, meaning to “design and deliver global solutions that have total relevance to every local market you plan to attack.” From a business standpoint this is sound advice however, quite unfortunately the monetary truth is that too often great wealth has been obtained at the expense of the vast un-wealthy and as Forbes clearly points out mildly speaking “all is not rosy.”
Another sound point made is that entrepreneurs can “lead in countering challenges, and actually changing the way we think and behave in business, in our community, and our society.” Never before has the method been available by which this can be done without anyone having to be subjected to further economical digress. The article suggests suddenly every person on the globe can become a successful entrepreneur if desired and change the world for better not just for themselves but for everyone but what about the least among us?
Seems quite clear that if the plan of the Worldwide United Foundation were enacted internationally into law, that those who do not have the entrepreneurial advantages, capacities or desire would also be able to benefit just as equally, they being given the same opportunities to make their part of the world a better place too!
With a new year around the corner it truly is never too early or too late to start!
Groomed for the Syrian presidency after the accidental automobile death of his elder brother Bassel and installed as such in 2000 upon his father Hafez’s death which ended a 30 year rule, Bashar al-Assad, a medical graduate and ophthalmology postgraduate who had previously demonstrated little interest in politics was marketed as the “hope” of Syria. [1a]
The domestic and international community had expectations that Bashar would potentially be a democratic reformer but after a mass military crackdown on what many believed was part of the 2011  “Arab Spring” movement protests, all such expectations ceased resulting in the US , Canada , European Union and Arab League members calling for his resignation.
The facts are that little economical improvement has occurred in Syria in the last 43 years. As a result of heavily state controlled industry, wealth inequality is increasing. The average Syrian citizen grows more impoverished while a few in the private sector including the president’s family, close friends and associates grow richer.
In 2012 analysts reported that the al-Assad family had possibly amassed a fortune as large as $1.5 billion held in Russia, Hong Kong and offshore tax havens to protect against seizure. Considering such facts it now makes sense why President al-Assad would agree to let Russia take control of Syria ’s chemical weapons stash which not so long ago Syria denied even having.
In a recent interview with CBS journalist Charlie Rose asked President al-Assad about people’s perception of him changing from being a hope and a reformer to that of a butcher. Using a medical metaphor the President replied that if a doctor has to remove a patient’s leg to prevent gangrene, that doctor isn’t seen as a butcher but is in fact thanked for saving the patient’s life. President as-Assad stated he was the hope of Syria and not of America ’s or any other country. He went on to say that if there was a change regarding that hope the Syrian people should be asked.
President al-Assad’s rather hopeless view is “When you have terrorism, you have a war — when you have a war, you always – always have innocent lives that could be the victim of – of any war.”
It’s hard to imagine any leader could expect a citizenry to remain hopeful in or thankful of poverty or to accept without protestation terrorism, war and death. If anything the widespread Arab Spring movement proves that such a stricken citizenry grows hopeless and desperate realizing that they alone and not their powerful wealthy leaders always suffer most from the horrors of terrorism and war.
Where now is the hope of Syria and where is the hope other countries have also lost? It’s being Globalized and can now be found Here, here and here just ask about the Plan of the Worldwide United Foundation!
Salt Lake City News – Letters: Holy House for Homeless
Holy House For Homeless
By City Weekly Readers
While in California recently, I stopped at an eatery and looked up across the street to behold the majestic San Diego LDS temple. I have spent many hours there convinced I was “saving the dead.” That notion, in a city that boasts the third-largest homeless population in the United States and the largest percentage of homeless veterans, is embarrassing, not to mention incomprehensible.
In 2012, it was reported that the LDS Church spent more money building City Creek Center than it spent in the past 25 years on humanitarian contributions. It’s no small curiosity, since tax-exempt status was granted to religions ostensibly to pick up the slack for the poor and needy. And it’s rather disingenuous, considering that the church requires members to pay 10 percent of their gross income for the privilege of entering one of those temples.
Their own scripture specifically tasks members: “O ye wicked and perverse and stiffnecked people, why have ye built up churches unto yourselves to get gain? Why have ye transfigured the holy word of God, that ye might bring damnation upon your souls? … Your churches, yea even every one, have become polluted because of the pride of your hearts. For behold, ye do love money, and your substance and your fine apparel, and the adorning of your churches, more than ye love the poor and the needy, the sick and the afflicted.” (Mormon 8:33, 36-37)
The root cause of violence and terrorism is poverty and inequality. The proof is evidenced in the staggering increase of crime in the past five years at home and abroad due to economic downturn. Especially hard-hit is San Diego, with its immigration challenges. To its credit, San Diego is progressive in treating its homeless population, but the city is 18th on the list for federal funding, behind cities with less than half its homeless population. With inadequate shelters to accommodate the burgeoning load, on any given night you can see San Diego’s massive homeless population bed down on city streets in what is referred to as “sleeping central.”
It made me wonder … what if, in an enormous gesture of goodwill, the LDS Church was to throw open the doors of the San Diego Temple (as well as several local chapels) and allow the homeless to seek shelter and safety there? What would Jesus do?
The temple has a cafeteria, laundry facilities, lockers, at least three separate large rooms that could be turned into sleeping quarters, and a chapel for instruction. The church has an abundance of multitalented and service-oriented members, coupled with a frustrated and feeling-helpless local community-minded population, who would jump at the chance to save the living!
“What man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone [temple or mall]?” (Matthew 7:9)
JULIE L. TAGGART Salt Lake City
As a young man came up to the door today introducing himself as an ex-gang member, with the tattoos on hands to prove his point – he began to relate his story – troubled upbringing in the bad areas of central Chicago growing up and being forced by the government to relocate from project to project where each were no better than another.
The young man in his 20′s was a proud father of a little girl whom he said he was out to better his life and make something of himself so his daughter wouldn’t grow up falling into the same traps he did.
The magazines he offered were of little use to actually helping a human being achieve such lofty goals – when mentioned how this will help him pedaling magazines that not many would ever consider – we talked further. When finished, he walked away disappointed that magazines were not purchased and his problems remained. Could anyone actually purchase enough magazine subscriptions to fix his problems, better his life and help his daughter avoid the traps he fell into?
If this is the answer to help the youth of today to make something of him (or her) self and avoid the traps that lay ahead, then there is little hope for those who’ve known poverty and know the inequality as they walk from home to home and city to city knocking on doors let alone all who do not have shoes to walk.
Until there is no poverty, there will always be inequality and while there is inequality there will always be poverty.
How much better off would our humanity be, as a whole, if young people everywhere knew they would always have access to freely available food, clothing, health care, basic education and had a home to stay in and raise his or her children without having to do such innocuous tasks just to survive- How many “gang members” wouldn’t need to be trying to escape but would never have joined to begin with under more globally humane circumstances?
When this world figures out that when We The People treat anyone poorly We The People are treating everyone just as poorly and doing a disservice to all mankind in the process- this world will be a better place. There is no reason We The People cannot help the poor, sick, uneducated, afflicted, incarcerated and impoverished to be able to help them know they are a treasured part of humanity and an important part of the only “family” that matters- our global family of fellow human beings… but it doesn’t take magazines; it takes a Government with a plan and the willingness to be, not just act, Humane.
In this election year, wouldn’t it be nice to be given the choice to elect someone who could put this, our global house, in order? Doing for humanity what it can’t seem to figure out how to do so for itself, without selling ones soul, miserable jobs, breaking banks, starting wars or losing personal value.
Listen to the MWAW Radio Show on Sunday evenings and listen to a spokesperson with a message from those who really do know poverty and inequality who does provide us with the solutions that ANY leader could follow if he or she wanted to do the right thing- he explains poverty and inequality in a way all can understand and provides a way by a simple plan to eliminate them both and all the ugliness that is bread from it with the marvelous purpose of elevating our humanity into its genuine potential, even a world of opportunity, potentially a century earlier than it will finally be, if the people elected early, to do so. No need to wonder how this can be accomplished; call in and ask him yourself!
-When a starving person dies alone, is there anyone to hear?
To know the answer, one must ask; Why not prevent the travesty in the first place and make the answer Impossible! No one starves any more!