The 30 Questions Challenge: Religion and inequalityPosted: September 5, 2014
3. Why do we call some religions “mythologies” (ancient Greek, Norse, Egyptian, etc.) and others religions? Is this fair? What does this show about how relevant certain ideas are as society progresses?
Every religion is built upon internal mythological elements – take Mount Olympia, Ganesha the elephant headed Hindu God and Noah’s Ark as examples. What distinguishes ancient Greek, Norse and Egyptian “mythologies” to everyday beliefs like Christianity and Islam are the number of followers that continue to practise and uphold the faith. It’s not fair but that’s natural and I guess survival of the fittest in terms of religous groups and ideas as society progresses. Larger religions prevail and its principles are institutionally taught from a young age. While dead religions become eulogised into myths.
4. People often talk about the growing gap between the rich and poor. However, today’s poor (in the United States, at least) are much better off than most people (not just the poor) were a century ago. Does it matter that there’s an increasing gap between the rich and the poor if the standard of living for the poor keeps going up?
It’s great that the standards of living are improving for everyone. That’s societal progression. But it should never be a mask or deterrent from reacting to a widening inequality between the filthy rich and very poor. In the political playground, more often than not, wealth holds major leverage to indirectly influence the political processes towards the interests of the rich. For well filled tailored pockets, Washington D.C’s “K Street” is a lobbying gold mine for political clout. According to GreenPeace, oil billionaire barons, like the free market supporting Koch brothers channeled approximately $67 million towards a network of climate denial groups alone- essentially reshaping politics towards a low regulated libertarian society. Wealth inequality fuels and perpetuate this backdoor privatisation of democracy. It’s a never ending vicious circle keeping the rich richer and the poor poorer.