A question comes to mind. How do we know what the divine Principle of economics is? Indeed, how can we know?
A long time ago Plato taught his students that the existence and the nature of universal principles can be discovered by their effects in the physical world, by which the principles can be discerned. On this basis the Egyptian 'scientist' Erasthosenes was able to determine that the earth is a sphere. And more than that, he was able to 'measure' the circumference of the earth with an astonishing accuracy. All of this happened back in 250 BC.
Christ Jesus did essential the same thing. He was able to see beyond the surface appearance of a diseased humanity. There he discerned the universal principle of man in the image of God and lifted his patience up into this image. Mary Baker Eddy rediscovered the principle that Christ Jesus had discerned and utilized, and on that basis she too, was able to heal and teach others to do so. Economics likewise operates on a platform that is anchored in divine Principle and divine truth, which are discernable, knowable, and applicable.
So, what do we know about them? Well, let's look at the economy that we presently have. Does it meet the divine standard? Does it reflect the divine 'image' of universal love and universal good? Does it meet the human need fully and overflowing, and bear the hue of divine love? Hardly. Indeed, it was not designed to do this from the outset.
The system that runs the world today was originally invented as an imperial weapon. During the time when the British Empire's North American colonies were preparing for their independence, Lord Shelburne, head of the British East India Co. was accompanied by one of his employees during a carriage ride from Edinburgh to London. The employee was Adam Smith. Smith was given a commission during that carriage ride to research a platform that could be used against the newly independent nation to bring it to its knees. Adam Smith answer was his famous apologia on Free Trade as an imperial weapon.
The weapon worked well. Not only did it have the highest imperial backing, but Lord Shelburne himself took on the post of the Prime Minister of England for a brief period during which he assured that the Free Trade weapon was incorporated into the Paris peace treaty with the new American nation that the empire had failed to defeat on the battle field.
Adam Smith's Free Trade weapon had become a kind of Trojan Horse. One it was accepted, it promptly bankrupted the new American nation within a few short years. Only then, when the damage was done, was the Free Trade ruse discovered. It was quickly eliminated at this point, primarily by the efforts of Alexander Hamilton. Once this was done, the nation prospered and became the envy of the world. Hamilton, sadly, was assassinated for having spoiled the empire's plan. He was killed by a traitor who engaged him in mortal duel.
Adam Smith, however, continued to live. Apparently he had a backup plan that had likewise been commissioned during that infamous carriage ride. He had been asked to explore the reasons for the fall of the Roman Empire. Evidently that project laid the basis for Adam Smith's second weapon for the empire, his super weapon, his economic philosophy of greed based economics. It became a much more subtle Trojan Horse. It was received with open arms, even by those whose livelihood it would later destroy.
Unfortunately, both of Adam Smith's weapons, disguised as economic principles, are still being applied around the world with the predictable consequences. Also, Adam Smith's Trojan Horses had produced many offsprings since they were brought to America. Their names too, became household words, even while their products have been boldly referred to by a small remnant of respected economists as the most destructive economic policy trash ever invented.
Those comments are useful. They set up a contrast that puts the divine Principle oriented economy into perspective, which by its nature manifests the nature of God, or divine Love, within the sphere of economic processes. The resulting process uplifts society. In Christian Science there is but one humanity that everyone is a part of. "There is but one I or Us..." writes Mary Baker Eddy. The divine economy proceeds from this premise, the premise of Truth, and the outcome is an enriched universe by means of the divine reflection in human activities. Such a process does indeed manifest the nature of God, universal divine Love.
In contrast to this economic platform stands the empiricist economic platform whose centerpiece policy is not focused of building a richer human world, but is focused on numerous types of stealing from one another. Free trade looting, currency speculation, financial aggregates gambling, are all processes for the individual privatization of whatever wealth there exist in society that was created by legitimate economic processes. It is no wonder that this kind of economic platform has been called, economic policy trash, for it has been proven to be hugely destructive to society.
The kind of economic policy platform that reflects the universal good which manifests divine love is a policy platform which has at its heart the general welfare principle. This principle was one of the corner stones of the golden Renaissance, which was called, Golden, for this reason. The principle has also been enshrined in the founding structure for the United States of America. The general welfare principle is enshrined in the very preamble of its Federal Constitution. History has shown that whenever this principle becomes the heart of economic policy, society prospers and advances, and when it is rejected, society collapses into poverty and decays as we are presently experiencing on a near global scale.
The comparison between these two platforms is appropriate for our modern time in which society finds itself in great danger because of its economic policy platform that has no trace of divine Principle to make it productive. But with this realization another problem comes to light. Getting out of the present empiricist trap that locked the world into poverty is not an easy matter. How can we proceed? Shall we pray to God? How often has society already prayed to God to rescue it from its poverty? Can such an expectation come true? No it can't. In Christian Science God is understood as divine Principle, and divine Love. While divine Principle is indeed all-powerful, and in fact the only power, nothing happens when the Principle is being rejected and remains unapplied.
For instance, a match alone won't produce fire. One has to strike the match to light it. One can have boxes of matches on hand, but if they remain unutilized one won't have a fire to cook ones food and starvation follows. Utilizing the general welfare principle, which reflects the universal nature of divine Love, will accomplish wonders for society. It is synonymous to striking a match. Once this step has been taken, all kinds of things begin to happen. The sad part is that this is no longer happening. Adam Smith's ruse of greed based economics is in control of society and has destroyed the world-economic system by isolating it from its native principle that would give it life. Sadly, no one is prepared to give up this disease, this itentionally destructive system, even though the world is dying from the disease.
The symptoms of the disease are obvious. The world is awash with debt that can never be repaid, yet in financial portfolios the debt obligation is counted as wealth. This tiny example illustrates the insanity that underlies the greed and theft based empiricist economic principles (so-called), which are often but deceptive lies. In the case of debt aggregates, the dream that this obligation represents wealth for the holders will never be fulfilled. The USA alone, carries a debt load of over $35 trillion, which is four times greater than its entire economic product which is already insufficient for society to live on, while its economy is collapsing at an accelerating rate. (see collapse function) Anyone who calls this a functioning economic system is insane. The system that one existed is gone, and what we have now is beyond repair and in the final states of disintegrating. Sure, the public is duped by the big lie that "the fundamentals are sound" while the system is held together with fakery, rubber bands, and chewing gum. But it won't hold. It can't, since it contains not a single aspect of divine Principle to support it. A single financial 911, which cannot be avoided, will mark the end of the fakery, and the end of whatever is left that still resembles an economy. Humanity's only hope is that it finds the wisdom and the 'courage' to restucture its economy onto the manifests of divine Principle, such as the general welfare principle, before the whole thing is gone.
The present system is dying, because it has no principle to support it. This fundamental failure can be corrected quite easily once the decision has been made by society to do it. This may be a strong statement to make, that the present system has no principle, but all evidence supports the assertion. Just look at what we have. He have a system that embraces numerous types of legalized theft, one should call it large scale looting. No facet of divine principle supports the process of stealing from one another as a means for creating wealth. Still, this is today's big thing. Society honors speculation like it once honored mythological deities, especially currency speculation, free-trade exploitation, usury, the shutdown of industries for profit, and a lot of other such swindles. And this worship has all been made legal. In fact it is demanded as in ancient times. However, the process of legislation cannot change the universe that operates by its own divine Principle. Legislation may be able to reject the legitimacy of divine Principle and impose its own god, but it cannot avoid the consequences that are ensued from unprincipled madness. People will die as a consequence as the economic structures collapse that once supported their existence. This is already happening. Virtually ever state government in the USA union is technically bankrupt and has begun shutting down its operation.
Nevertheless, there is little interest in society in giving up its dying system for the lack of an understanding of the divine Principle related to processes of economy, such as is reflected in what has been called the General Welfare Principle. That lack persists in spite of the historic records which clearly indicate that whenever the General Welfare Principle became the heart of the economic system, society prospered, and when this principle was rejected society perished. Although the words of the principle still remain in the Preamble of U.S. Federal Constitution, the spirit behind the words is no longer found in the heart of society. That is the reason why our modern society has become so incredibly poor. Healthcare is disappearing, and whatever is left is turned into instruments for profit. Education is disappearing, both in terms of quantity and quality. Employment has shifted to become unemployment on a large scale, and the pay-cheques that are still being paid are rapidly shrinking in terms of their purchasing power. Even people's pensions and savings are rapidly disappearing. Does this thrust towards utter poverty in the background of the proliferation of stealing from one another in any way reflect the hue of divine love? That is the question that needs to be answered as the first step of getting out of this mess. The current "Project for the New American Century" (PNAC) that envisions a century of wars for expanded global stealing is not a fit answer for the development of the human society, it may well turn out to be the project for the last American century.
A lot of what society is trapped in today has been initiated intestinally for various objectives by the imperial masters of the system. Paul Volker, for instance, who was appointed to the top position in the financial world, was chosen for his ideological commitment to the "devolution" of industry as the chief economic project of the 1980s. Well, he had his way. He made a few rich people richer, while the economic system as a whole is now disintegrating.
Doesn't this kind of process diverge radically from the basic principle for which an economy exists, which exists to meet the physical, social, and cultural needs of society, and to fulfill this need in an increasingly efficient manner. This is what Paul Volker had labored to shut down, and he was not only allowed to do this, but was hailed and honored for it.
The difference between the human and the divine economy can also be seen in the way in which people spend their money, their economic product. If one looks at the spending patterns it becomes apparent that those spending pattern are closely circumscribed by incredibly narrow concerns, such as people's private enjoyments or immediate family concerns. And that is where the focus of concern largely ends. Everything beyond that small sphere is deemed to have no relevance.
This kind of focus can be likened to that of a man who sits in his living room while the house is on fire, who says to himself, I don't really care about the flames so long as my living rooms remains cool. Obviously, the man won't have his way. His living room will burn down with the rest of the house. His only option would be to get out of his living room and engage himself in putting out the fire.
Christ Jesus gave us an example of how the divine economy functions in the divine universe in which we live. He presented a parable. The parable is a bout a man who had fallen among thieves. The man was robbed, injured, and left half dead by the wayside. When a Pharisee came along the road where he lay, he passed by as if the man and his needs didn't exist. The same did a priest. The third person who came that way was a man of low esteem, a Levite. He too, saw the injured man, but he reacted differently. He stopped and bound up the man's wounds and took care of him. He even provided the funds that would be required for the man's full recovery.
The question that Christ Jesus asked us individually with this parable, in a round about way, is this: In whose world would you want to live? Would you choose the world of the priest of the Pharisee? Or would you choose the world created by them an of low esteem, which is a world in which the human being is regarded and respected as an entity of great value that is treasured and upheld? I know which world I would choose. Indeed, this is the fundamental choice the we face.
In a very simple way, Christ Jesus illustrated the operation of the General Welfare Principle in his parable. Indeed, what Christ Jesus illustrated is not a remote ideal, but the only available platform of economics in the divine universe - and there is no other universe.
Let me illustrated this platform with another example of my own experience, which is realted to this website. You may have realized by now that Christian Science is of great value to society as the representative in this age of the science of the Christ. It presents at the present time the only available practical platform for Christ healing. You may have also recognized the great value to society of the research work that has been done in bringing to this age the discovered fundamental structures for spiritual and scientific development which Mary Baker Eddy has provided, which she has built all of her major works on. You may have also recognized that these documented discoveries are of great value to anyone seeking to gain an expanded understanding of Christian Science, the most vital scientific platform in existence today. I am certain many people have recognized all of these aspects. What do you suppose their reaction has been? Which model do these reactions reflect? Do they reflect the model illustrated by the priest and the Pharisee, or the model illustrated by the Samaritan? What would you expect people response to be in respect to funding support for expanding the accessibility of this vital research work?
Well, the difference between what it should be and has been reflects the general trend in the present world that we have created. The actual response so far has been zero although the issue has been put on the table. This kind of response which is nothing new nor unique is reflected in the consequence why Christian Science remains largely irrelevant in the world while fascism fills the void and enjoys a free reign.
We need to realize that divine economics rests on a radically different platform than the one that Milton Friedman has taught and is still teaching in university courses, that people devote their life to as once the countless temple servants had in ancient times in their worship of a mythical god that did not exist. Right or wrong, society continues to travel the time worn path, even if the resulting contrast between the mythological so-called principles and the divine is like the contrast between night and day. There is virtually no similarity between the two, both in premise and in effect. What has been built up in previous time under the General Welfare Principle is now being eradicated under the new economics of narrowly focused greed and theft, and so forth, by which the global economy has been bankrupted, especially so the American economy. Its major airlines are all bankrupt, its rail system is bankrupt, other infrastructures are falling in to disrepair, the electricity system is failing in spite of sky high prices; farming is going under; even the automobile industry is rapidly going into the red. Indeed, who knows how much of the American automobile is actually made in America? And in the banking sector, we face a looming financial 911 in the face of derivatives gambling exposures that exceed some of the banks' equity 70 fold, and its depositors assets 10 fold.
That's not divine economics. In fact, the very concept of economics is gone with the wind. Mary Baker Eddy was no economic expert by today's standard, nevertheless she was and still is in the real world one of the foremost economic experts in terms of understanding the real principle of economics reflecting divine Principle. She summed the principle od divine economics up in a single sentence which now decorates the walls of of virtaually all the Christian Science churches throughout the world. The sentence is: "Divine Love has met, and always will meet, every human need."
We need to ask ourselves, what is she saying? Is she saying that we must pray to the great heart of diveine Love to pour us out a blessing? She answered this kind of question negatively by pointing out that God's work is done, and that we merely have to avail ourselves of the principles already established. In this context, what does she mean then when she says that divine Love has met, and always will meet, every human need? Isn't she talking here about the principle that the Samaritan illustrated? He illustrated a process that by human actions created a world in which everyone would be proud to live, a world created by the flow of universal love reflecting the divine Principle that is divine Love.
It may be that Mary Baker Eddy was aware that it would take a long period of growing up before society, even Christian Scientists who face Mary Baker Eddy's statement on economics every week, would see the principle behind the statement that divine Love always has met, and always will meet, every human need. It may have been for this reason that she encouraged the people in her church to place this sentence on the walls of their edifices.
Indeed, society has a long road to travel, mentally, before the principle of her statement on economics can be discovered and accepted. By all accounts, her extensive structure for scientific and spiritual development will likely have to be recognized first, in order for people to begin to think in terms of underling universal principles as reflections of divine Principle.
Once this is done, the principle of universal love coming to light in the social domain, may pave the way for its universal expression in the world-economic domain. This long road ahead towards the realization of this necessary step may well be traveled in a short amount of time some day. It should be realized that all true Christian Science healing is instantaneous, because there exists no inertia for thought that would retard its advance.
Perhaps one day we will all master the divine Principle of economics that Mary Baker Eddy so ably summarized in a single sentence and reach out to one another with divine Love as Christ Jesus had illustrated in the parable of the Samaritan.
Was Christ Jesus expecting too much? I would say, hardly! Mary Baker Eddy points out that divine Love never demand more of us than what we can certainly fulfill. The fact remains, we live in a divine universe, consequently, the divinely designed principle of economics is a simple one, reflecting the operation of divine Principle typified by divine Love and manifest in the human domain as universal love.
I would say that divine economics is the simplest form of economics that exists. It won't have to be taught in universities. As the image of God, every human being is aware of it. In fact, divine economics has by and large been practiced to a wide extent throughout the ages in the absence of imperial impositions or doctrine, such as when Adam Smith and Milton Friedman came along and turned the divine principle of economics upside down.
In order to get back to implementing divine economics, we merely have to look deeply into the heart of our humanity, and do this fully, and honestly. We will then find that we have everything we need to implement divine economics in our present world, and that we never were without this ability. This getting back can be achieved instantly, no matter how far we have stayed from the reality of our being in the image of God, living in a divine universe.
Rolf A. F. Witzsche