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Eric L. Wattree: The Economy is Just a Symptom – it’s Hypocrisy, Stupid!

September 22, 2010

The following commentary is reprinted with permission from Veterans Today.

The Economy is Just a Symptom – it’s Hypocrisy, Stupid!
©  Eric L. Wattree
September 22, 2010

Every Sunday preachers across this country are preaching about Hell and damnation. They claim that if we don’t repent and change our ways we’re going to die and suffer Hell’s fury throughout eternity. While that’s a powerful pitch, that’s not actually how things work. It is true that bad behavior will cause us to suffer, but our suffering doesn’t begin after we die; bad behavior creates our Hell right here on Earth, and clear evidence of that is that we’re currently living in the pits of Hell as we speak.

When God created man, he created him to be complete and self-sufficient. God deals in perfection, thus, man requires neither a user’s guide nor technical support to guide our spirituality. He gave man all the necessary tools that he needed to survive in his environment, just like he provided birds with the sense to fly South in the Winter, and the instinct to know exactly which direction to fly to reach their destination. Similarly, God provided man with a mind that allows him to create his own destiny, and a conscience that constantly reminds him of right from wrong. In short, God incorporated his word, and his will, within us. It’s called “common sense.” It is only when we ignore that common sense and allow the corruption of man into the mix that we are led astray.

Man has allowed other men to circumvent God’s gift to humanity. We’ve allowed Godless, greedy, and self-serving men to gain control over our minds by convincing us that we can only know God through them, and that God has made them the gatekeepers of his kingdom. Then, in order to circumvent our God-given common sense, they convinced us that to even question their word for a second is to smite God’s will, and will result in the most severe punishment.

It is through this device that greedy, Godless, and powerful men have convinced the more gullible among us to worship man over God, and to be content to sacrifice themselves and their families on the promise that they’ll be rewarded when they die. They’ve convinced these people that they have to pay homage to the powerful in order to please God, and that is precisely why the poor and undereducated are experiencing pure hell right here on Earth.

The powers that be have convinced the gullible to embrace hypocrisy, and ironically, it’s that very hypocrisy that’s causing us to cut our own throats. While they claim that God wants us to love our neighbor, it is the hatred of our neighbor that’s driving both our foreign and domestic policy. This nation has been convinced that God frowns upon our failure to protect the rich, and our urge to protect our own families represents the evils of “socialism.” As a result , in 2008 $711 billion – 18% of our entire budget – went towards this “Christian” nation’s capacity to kill others, while middle-class families have lost their jobs, their homes, and poor people are starving. Where were the Tea Baggers then?

This, they tell us was God’s will. They also tell us that it was God’s will to send poor and middle-class kids to war – against a country that did absolutely nothing to us – without the necessary equipment to protect their lives. And it was also God’s will to make these kids pay for the equipment that had to be cut from their wounded bodies as they lie on the battlefield, and then forced to pay for their own meals while they lie in the hospital recuperating from their wounds.

While it is merely curious how they can get poor and middle-class White people to buy into this scam, it’s absolutely astonishing how they can get Black people to believe that a White man with blue eyes and flowing blond hair was born in the desert to a woman who never had sex – especially since Black people were taught this while they were tied up next to the mules.

What it goes to show is, if you can get people to fear the Bogeyman (the Devil) as children, then continue the lie long enough, passionately enough, and often enough, you can get people to believe in anything – and it doesn’t hurt at all if you have opportunists in their own community getting rich off the lie.

The Christian Bible says, “Know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.” That’s good advice. The people of this nation needs to understand that the Bogeyman is not going to get you for questioning a lie. The only Bogeyman is man himself, so don’t be afraid to use the common sense that God gave you. God doesn’t need an intermediary. He’s not saying anything to any other man that he’s not saying to you.

Now, I’m not saying that all religious people are liars, thieves, or stupid, because that’s certainly not the case. Some of the most honorable and well-meaning people in this country are devout Christians, Muslims, and followers of various other faiths, but what I am saying is that they should all take a moment to ask themselves one question – when they embrace the dogma related to them by man, are they truly worshiping God, or are they actually worshiping man himself? After all, if man truly believes in what he’s been selling us, then America was founded in direct violation of the Commandments that we shouldn’t steal, kill, that we should love our neighbor, and that we should treat others as we want to be treated. In addition, we are currently guilty of colluding with Israel to commit the very same sins against the Palestinian people as we speak.

While I’m not religious, meaning that I make it a point to keep man out of my relationship with God, I am very spiritual. But the God that I believe in would never say that it’s alright to go to another country and kill a million people just because they have oil and don’t believe what I believe; neither would he say that it’s alright to torture other men as long as I call it an “enhanced interrogation technique.” And he certainly wouldn’t say that I should condemn an entire religion group based on the actions of a few criminals that just happened to be of that faith.

My God suggested that I ask the following question: He pointed out that it was “Christians” who enslaved and lynched Black people in the South, so does that mean that Black people should burn Bibles and prohibit Christian churches from being built in the ‘hood?

Think about that.

Eric L. Wattree

Religious bigotry: It’s not that I hate everyone who doesn’t look, think, and act like me – it’s just that God does.


Eric L. Wattree is a writer, poet, and musician, born in Los Angeles. He’s a columnist for The Los Angeles Sentinel, The Black Star News, Staff writer for Veterans Today, and a contributing writer to Your Black World, the Huffington Post, ePluribus Media, and several other online sites and publications. He’s also the author of “A Message From the Hood.”

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