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  •  Well, it's not the hardships that are to be (8+ / 0-)

    shared, it's the earth's bounty.
    At present, global food production is sufficient to provide adequate nutrition to nine billion humans. Given that there are some six billion plus and many of those exist on the edge of starvation, the only conclusion is that about one third of what is produced goes to waste. And that doesn't even include the stuff that transits to the landfill because it doesn't suit someone's taste.
    So, why are people near starvation? Because other people consider their example to be useful -- a convenient way to impress on the rest that, if they don't behave themselves, they're likely to be next.
    How else to convey the message that there is "no free lunch?" Why else is it necessary that the project to provide free school lunches to all children in economically depressed districts has to go forward almost in secret? Why else do the processors of cheap food consider it acceptable that their products make people fat and sick, imitating the witch in "Hansel and Gretel," rather than taking the side of the kids?

    Money is not to blame. Using money as a shield behind which to perpetrate mayhem is to blame. Putting the sublime cannibals in charge is to blame. They are "sublime" because they are in thrall to a hunger that can't be satisfied. So they consume their own kind--bloodlessly, of course.

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    by hannah on Fri Nov 29, 2013 at 02:34:52 AM PST

    •  but the sharing of the bounty is assumed (5+ / 0-)

      by Francis, because of the 1891 Encyclical Rerum Novarum by Leo XIII, which defends the notion of private property but makes clear that its purpose can never be that of individual enrichment at the expense of the suffering of others.

      "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

      by teacherken on Fri Nov 29, 2013 at 04:38:26 AM PST

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