“Follow the money.” That memorable phrase, crafted by screenwriter William Goldman for the movie All the President’s Men, gets my vote as the most descriptive, most predictive, densest and darkest concentration of social truth currently operating in the world today. Its most potent adversaries are love and justice, as articulated by Martin Luther King, Jr. who said “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend” and “The moral arc of the universe bends at the elbow of justice.”
I’m afraid that I have no insights to further this discussion, but I appreciate Reinhold Niebuhr’s sobriety on the subject:
“The stupidity of the average man will permit the oligarch, whether economic or political, to hide his real purposes from the scrutiny of his fellows and to withdraw his activities from effective control. Since it is impossible to count on enough moral goodwill among those who possess irresponsible power to sacrifice it for the good of the whole, it must be destroyed by coercive methods and these will always run the peril of introducing new forms of injustice in place of those abolished.”
“Goodness, armed with power, is corrupted; and pure love without power is destroyed.”
Is this depressing or what?
Optimism is coming in just a few hours in the form of our very own justice worker, Hannah, who, along with friend Greg, is spending the weekend with us. Can’t wait!