Share on Google Plus Share on Twitter 2 Share on Facebook 2 Share on LinkedIn Share on PInterest Share on Fark! Share on Reddit Share on StumbleUpon Tell A Friend 2 (6 Shares)  

Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites (# of views)   7 comments
OpEdNews Op Eds

Pope's Actions Expose The Search for a Superior Moral Justification for Selfishness.

By   Follow Me on Twitter     Message Robert De Filippis     Permalink
      (Page 1 of 2 pages)
Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; ; ; , Add Tags Add to My Group(s)

Well Said 2   Valuable 2   Must Read 1  
View Ratings | Rate It Headlined to H2 1/6/14

Author 86186
Become a Fan
  (28 fans)

From Paul Ryan Refers to Pope Francis as Some Guy
Paul Ryan Refers to Pope Francis as Some Guy
(Image by jfxgillis)
  Permission   Details   DMCA
- Advertisement -

Why are mega rich conservatives having such a hard time accepting this pope's public displays of true Christianity?

A caveat here: I'm not arguing that Christianity's teachings are true. I'm claiming that the pope's actions demonstrate a true representation of its teachings.

- Advertisement -

John Kenneth Galbraith gave us a possible answer when he wrote, "The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness."

On a secular level, this selfishness is obvious by their worship of the morally bankrupt philosophy of Ayn Rand. But as Paul Ryan so aptly proved, she can be discarded as easily as his switch to the philosophy of St. Thomas during the presidential election cycle. One simple declaration rids the conservative mind of any historical facts.  

But modern conservatives have made a decade's long program of cornering the values market and holding themselves up as the champions of determining right from wrong in

Now they are being embarrassed by Pope Francis' deconstruction of modern revisionist Christianity to illuminate what Jesus' teachings really mean.

- Advertisement -

I was educated in Roman Catholic institutions from grade one through university. And I recognize everything Pope Francis is saying and doing from my earliest recollections of my religious education.

He is saying and doing nothing new. If there is anything new, it is the revisionist versions of Christianity, revisions that are the perfect example of those exercises in moral philosophy to reach justification for the excesses of selfishness that permeate our world of unfettered capitalism.

Capitalism is an inanimate system and by being so it is not, per se, what promotes this moral sickness. It is the intellectually dishonest personal ruminations and fungible ethics of its captains. In other words, it is how a potentially healthy economic system is being abused.  

I've written many times of the demise of healthy capitalism when Milton Friedman was granted the status of hero with his 1970 paper relieving the corporate executive of any responsibility other than to his shareholders. Intentional or not, it signaled the end of concern for employees, customers, society at large and the environment.

It's an obvious effort in cognitive dissonance reduction to search for moral justification for this kind of selfishness. And that is a hopeful sign. Because there is no dissonance to relieve in the minds of the truly mentally ill.

Regardless of what the Supreme Court said, corporations are not people but the executives who run them are.   That's the good and bad news!

Good, because it offers hope that capitalism and the conservatives who promote and defend it in its current form, can change it.

- Advertisement -

Bad, because the personal rewards of keeping it as it is, counteract any attempt to make   that change.

So as Pope Francis continues his efforts to bring us back to real Christian teachings, most conservative minds will make every attempt to deny them.

Next Page  1  |  2


- Advertisement -

Well Said 2   Valuable 2   Must Read 1  
View Ratings | Rate It

Author, columnist, and blogger with a long career in business management, management consulting and executive coaching. I've authored and published six books: "You, Your Self and the 21st Century,"The Flowers Are Talking to Me," and "Faith (more...)

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Go To Commenting
/* The Petition Site */
The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Follow Me on Twitter

Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
- Advertisement -

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Illinois Is Now on Board. We Can Carry Concealed Weapons in Every State.

The Primary American Meme: Be Afraid.

Don't be Fooled: Black Racism Causes White Racism

What Jesus said and What the Christian Lunatic Fringe Hears.

This Pope Makes Me Want to be an Atheist

Ethan Couch: An Example of the Pathology of Wealth