- For Teachers
This is the sixth part of my text "ON MONEY", please would you proofread it.
The influence of the rich man, although imperceptible, is overwhelming. Nobody can escape him, but a hermit living in a desert away from civilisation. However, if the rich man believes that he could be a potential enemy, he will find the way to eliminate him or take him under his control, because the rich man does not like any opposition to his richness.
He wants to have a smooth ride until his last breath. He wants his money to glide above the borders, cities, villages, rivers, meadows and mountains and penetrate in every home and in every human being. Only his omnipotence and omnipresence can give him a peaceful sleep.
He is like a great commander in chief who knows how and when to strike and when to withdraw.
Sometimes he has to make important decisions which will have a considerable impact on his money. He has to know where to open his new factory, which hotel to buy, which property to sell, which film or soap opera to finance, which book to publish and hundreds of others major and minor decisions which will bother him for the coming years.
These are the moments when the rich man has to use alcohol or drugs to bring his brain into higher state of consciousness. Like an astronaut in the space, he cannot make a mistake, because one wrong step and the rich man could lose his money, which could plunge him into depression similar to a mother who lost her child.
Thus, although living in luxury and comfort, the rich man does not feel secure. There is always a feeling of a latent danger, an unspoken threat to his money, which prompts him to be on his guard, even when he is sleeping or eating his expensive meals. While other people fear sickness, earthquake, flood and fire, the rich man fears the loss of his wealth, without which he will lose his identity and became a nonentity, a creature without frame of reference, lost in time and space.
In his last days on earth, the rich man suffers badly. As he feels the weight of the inevitable pressing him down into the unknown existence from which he will never escape, he refuses to part with his money. His body is weak, but his mind still fights on and clasps every single note and item of his home. His world is falling apart and darkness descends on him, but in his final delirium, he sees the brightest light and hears God’s voice telling him, “You are the chosen one, a man with a special destiny!”
If they call a priest to give him the last rites, the rich man believes he is meeting a business partner who has come to him to make a deal. Therefore, his heart beats faster and his mind goes through the usual procedure while he breaths his last breath.
Let us now see what has happened to the serfs of the past. Do they still exist in the 21th century? Not only do they exist, but their number has since grown to billions. In contrast to their ancestors in the past, their standard of living has improved radically. They do not live in dark and dump huts, but in block of flats with sanitation and warm and cold water in the taps. Some of them live in their own houses with a small garden and a lawn which they mow regularly, using electric or petrol mowers.
They do not travel with horses or oxen as before, but have their own cars which they change every few years. They homes are filled with all kinds of gadgets: TV set in every room, stereo system, DVDs, computers, microwave oven and dozens of other appliances without which their lives will be unimaginable.
However, to posses all these gadgets the serf has to work hard and earn enough money to pay for them. His income is usually low and when he pays all bills, there is not much left in his pocket. So he has to borrow money from the bank, owned by the rich man, eager to help him and lend him money on interest, although much lower than in the past. Still, the modern serf has to slave away to pay back his debts. For five days in a week he almost has no time for anything else. First on Friday evening he can unwind for a few hours and drink himself into oblivion.
However, on Monday morning he is hurrying and elbowing to his workplace to earn his money, support his family and make the rich man wealthier. When it is time for a holiday, the serf will again turn to the rich man for help and the latter will not leave him in lurch this time either. As times passes, the serf will borrow more money and he and the rich man will become almost inseparable.
It can happen that the bank owned by the rich man goes bankrupt.
This time the rich man will turn to his old “friend” the serf and his brothers and sisters and ask them to help him in the time of need. Even if the serf and his race live modestly, they will help the rich man to make his bank profitable again. The rich man will thank them and laugh behind their backs, knowing that he can play with them like toys. They will never dare to oppose him - his money a whip and a balm at the same time.
TO BE CONTINUED