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20 Things The Working Poor Do Every Day

 

On The Glorification Of The Wealthy

 

Whoever mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker- Proverbs 17:5 NIV

Income Inequality

Income Inequality (Photo credit: mSeattle)

 

Every once in a while, the interwebz throws the wretched of the earth a bone, a glimmer of hope, perhaps a random kid becomes a youtube sensation-turned-international sensation. Maybe it’s the rise of a popular reality t.v. star. Yet, the uber-rich always seem to want to share their secrets (seems funny, the only thing they want to share, huh?). TAXES IS STEALING!!!! And every now and then, there’s an article that goes viral like, “20 Things That Make Rich People Morally Superior To Poor People.” The Opulent make sure that celebrity status doesn’t reach divinity, but they do demand (from their regular publicity campaigns) admiration and respect for their values and efforts. Scary part about the making of capitalism sacrosanct is that we find the history of private property rights cannot be neatly severed from the history of enslaving other persons. All of this whitewashing of history hides the experience of the losers in history, and really the REAL SECRET about economics throughout history. Read the rest of this post and its conclusion to find the answer. Without further ado, 20 things the Working Poor Do Everyday.

 

1. They have to endure myths such as “poverty is the root of all evil.” If the rich do not believe that “money is the root of all evil,” that means the do not believe the Bible. WHAT ARE THE ODDS, YAHOO FINANCE! What this does is inform the working poor that they are the living embodiments of all that is wrong with society.

 

2. The Working Poor believe that selflessness is a virtue. The Rich believe that selfishness and self-centeredness is. O R L Y?

 

3. The Working Poor really value meritocracy. The Wealthy practice nepotism and “networking.”

 

4. The Working Poor see education as an invaluable means of liberation. The Wealthy view education as thing to be purchased and to lord over underlings with, a tool for power.

 

5. The Working Poor do the things they have to do to survive and spend time with the people they love. The rich are sometimes fortunate enough to do the things they love more than people.

 

6. The Working Poor earn capital. The Wealthy rule cities and states, steal money from the working poor, and then they get richer.

 

7. The Working Poor realize that relationships are more important than money. Rich People find restless nights over their acquisitions.

 

8. The Working Poor read as many books as they possibly can in the limited free time they have. The Wealthy have libraries of books to show how much time they have on their hands.

 

9. The Working Poor see an inclusive society as ideal; The Wealthy benefit from a hierarchal, stratified world.

 

10. The Working Poor make the connection between the importance of having a strong social safety net. Wealthy persons look down upon social programs and their dependents.

 

11. The Working Poor have to walk past fast food chains, living in lives of food insecurity, sometimes even on food stamps. Fast food restaurants, smoking parlors, and liquor stores target the working poor. The Rich mock and demean the poor, and rob the poor of their wages, ahem, McDonald’s.

 

12. The Working Poor are task oriented and driven, multi-taskers. Rich persons are narrow minded and with singular visions.

 

13. The Working Poor who are parents do not have time to read fiction books to their children. How many rich families take the time to read books at homeless shelters?

 

14. The Working Poor cannot often say what’s on their mind. Usually, that’s because the big bosses upstairs have deprived them of their freedom of speech, and first amendment rights because unionization is banned. The Rich love to talk abstractly and universally when it comes to free speech, except for when it comes to the expressions of black people.

 

15. The Working Poor do not believe in luck. The Rich do because it’s pretty convenient!

 

16. The Working Poor have very little access to exercise programs because neighborhood gyms avoid locating where they live. The rich have all of opportunity in the world to go to 24 Hour Fitness.

 

17. The Working Poor know how to use public transportation and build community on buses, trains, and other commutes. The Wealthy disparage such things and ask, “why don’t you get a car?”

 

18. The Working Poor know that the lottery is a hoax to get the impoverished addicted to gambling. The Rich rely on the Lottery as a voluntary tax on the poor so they can get access to education.

 

19. The Working Poor want to learn from the past. The Rich have delusional, naive hopes about the future.

 

20. The Working Poor are logical in their money-decision making. The Wealthy are too emotionally caught up with their money to make reasonable decisions, in the name of “following their passions,” like three summer homes!

Are you rich? Or are you poor and you want to be rich, and you find some of my comments in this post downright offensive? Well good, because this is the kind of frelling crap that Christian idols like Dave Ramsey tells people each day in their books and on their radio programs. It’s this baloney, these lies made against the poor that keep the rich in power. False myths about poverty abound, even about homelessness.

The dirty little secret to all the posts and books about the secrets to being rich is this: THERE ARE NO SECRETS. The rains falls on the just and the unjust.

when i'm asking you to start blogging

If you’re NOT blogging, even if you do not have a platform, please START.

We do not have enough voices in cyberspace speaking out on religion (or non-religion), politics, or social justice. We need more treasures to pile up and stack really really high.

(Please keep reading my post here. You will catch the point if you keep reading).

I have joy. Inexplicable joy. Because when I blog nowadays, I do it because I want to. I write on what I want. I don’t believe in deadlines (except if its for a synchroblog). There’s no need to brand myself or go after a Christian publishing deal, because I want to write as me (but good for you if you are published).

I am telling everyone who is an experienced writer or a novice that you need to grow as a writer, and interact with people who may not agree with you.

What I am saying is this, because I am called by the Holy Ghost, I want everyone to be decolonized and literate, and turn off the t.v. for a few hours each day, and write. You need to add to the noise, even on the days when you don’t have the fire in your heart and you’re tired of being tired.

We’re doing Kin-dom work here, and everyone in the church is called to be a theologian. Blogging is not the same as having the gift of tongues or the call to preach. Throughout history, people of all faiths have written in their journals and described their experiences with the Divine.

I believe in you. I believe in all of you. When you tell me you are struggling to say just the right words, I will lend a listening ear. Whether you blog to help the poor, or to take pictures of your loved ones, it does not matter. Write because we as human beings are confessional creatures, and writing is part of the confessing process.

We may disagree on the type of tone you should have in the blogosphere, but I am not going to tone-police the space you have created.

All are called to be cultural creators. All are called. We were made in the Image of God, no less, and we are called to be co-creators with the Triune God.

It does not matter what the numbers are. Write for you. Stay true to you.

Thank you for answering the call, which is extended to all.

Even if you do have a platform that’s all about power, even if you do want to be famous on the interwebz, blog on, and blog on some more.

Carry on my wayward sons, and daughters. Don’t you cry no more.

glory for Glory

The Pedagogical Uses And Limits of Satire/Parody

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There are those that say that laughter is one of the languages of the oppressed as a way to cope with outrageous injustice. Humor is a way of directly confronting a problem with all the trappings of formality. An example from this site would be Introducing The United Nations Peacemakers’ Study Bible. I’ve tried not to make it too obvious my displeasure with study bibles catering to markets to suiting consumers’ needs [that was snark], and so in the latest news about the KJV Military Bible, rather than making arguments that have already been made here before, I took the approach of satirically mocking this trend of patriotic study Bibles while making fun of these same persons who fear the UN One World order.

When a person has been hurt by an institution, rather than retribution, I would argue that laughter heals all things rather than simply time. Two examples are Stephanie Drury’s Stuff Christian Culture Likes and the Christian Nightmares blog on Tumblr. I don’t agree with everything that come from sites and Twitter accounts but they do address controversial issues that Christians do not like to talk about. Maybe humor and sarcasm is the only way these issues get addressed.

Satire, while it is useful in making statements, one of the downfalls in using it, because you are appealing to people’s emotions, is confusion and misunderstanding a lot of times. For example, take the Non-Cunningham account on The Twitter, a parody account of Conor Cunningham (apparently a voice in Radical Orthodoxy Theology or whatever):

[blackbirdpie url=”https://twitter.com/Non_Cunningham/status/313768781031804928″]

[blackbirdpie url=”https://twitter.com/Non_Cunningham/status/313756456455389184″]

From the Twitter handle & bio of the account, you really can’t tell right off the bat if this is a parody account or not, it took an hour or so for me to figure out that it was the first time I started following. But for those who aren’t used with this version of satire on social media, and probably persons who are used to having their bodily presence challenged in the academy (yes women I am talking about her), it makes for an even more hostile and marginalizing virtual environment when Twitter for a lot of people is their safe place.  I could really care less what group of people are behind the account, but what I do care about is when they cross the line, subtweeting vulgar names about women after being informed that his mentions were making others uncomfortable.

I wish there was a way for academics to confront their opponents directly, call me crazy but isn’t that’s what conferences are for, or phone calls, or face to face visits perhaps?

 

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