Just what is right

To the editor:

From earliest times, human societies have puzzled over what is moral and what is a righteous and just society.

The leaders whomever they may be, from the head of a household to a high priest, king, emperor or conqueror, always deemed themselves worthy of greater wealth, power and honor than their remaining subjects.

In the latest news reports, we hear of the “Pandora Papers.” These papers claim to show proof of the excesses of thousands of political and business leaders along with giant corporations. These secret financial transactions though legal are difficult to justify as moral. All humankind has a tenancy to be self-centered justifying our actions by saying there is no law forbidding it. This reminds me of what I have read in Scriptures.

Psalm 14: 1-3,

“1 The fool[a] says in his heart,

“There is no God.”

They are corrupt, their deeds are vile;

there is no one who does good.

2 The Lord looks down from heaven

on all mankind

to see if there are any who understand,

any who seek God.

3 All have turned away, all have become corrupt;

there is no one who does good,

not even one.”

As a society, we must be mindful of the end result of our actions. Regardless of whether the law allows something, rather some self-examination question is it morally right.

Affluence alone isn’t wrong. What makes it immoral is what we do with the excessive wealth we have and how it is used to improve or control those who are less fortunate.

In the 1960s, we passed the The Great Society legislation. Now, our leaders seek more money for assorted social programs that in reality will do little to assist the poor in America, just raise the standards and move the target and increase dependence on a government dole.

If we truly desire to assist them, then we need to change what we value in the individual beyond the greed and power of the leaders. We must stimulate the desire for self-improvement. We need to show how improving yourself adds to your value and improves your society. We can no longer afford to just feed the poor and to maintain the status quo. The goal of public assistance must stimulate change and improve the lives of those being served. We must allow the uniqueness of the individual to determine what is important and of value to them.

William Gerhard, Scipio