The oppression of the poor

It is ironic that the result of modern economics, which is supposed to maximize everyone’s wealth, is oppression of the poor.

Ecclesiastes has something to say on the oppression of the poor. See if you can perceive any 21st century applications:

Ecclesiastes 4:1-6

I saw the tears of the oppressed – and they have no comforter; power was on the side of their oppressors – and they have no comforter.

And I declared that the dead, who had already died, are happier than the living, who are still alive.

But better than both is he who has not yet been, who has not seen the evil that is done under the sun.

And I saw that all labour and all achievement spring from man’s envy of his neighbour. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.

The fool folds his hands and ruins himself.

Better one handful of tranquility than two handfuls with toil and chasing after the wind.

3 Replies to “The oppression of the poor”

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