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Letter: Can’t buy your way out of nature

In regard to the long-standing controversy concerning upper-class wealth, its local influence as exhibited in attitude and behavior and its increasingly evident association with the Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies, one must never lose sight of the often-neglected, rarely stated theological dimension attendant to this matter.

Both Greeks (B.C.) and Christians (A.D.) warned of the danger present to people who willingly chose to elevate the importance of the body (matter) above the soul (spirit).

In respect to the former, the character of Socrates in Plato’s “Apology” said, “Are you not ashamed of your eagerness to possess as much wealth, reputation and honors as possible, while you do not care for, nor give thought to, wisdom and truth, or the best possible state of your soul?”

In respect to the latter, Christ admonished, “You cannot serve God and money, for you will love the one and hate the other.”

Thus, it would appear that the foregoing statements by Socrates and Christ speak of absolute and not relative conditions, for if one loves money, one cannot love God.

And God, according to the will and intent of the particular individual’s soul, which is eternal, cooperates in that will and intent eternally, and according to which condition the individual has chosen to love and, therefore, hate.

Sadly, however, in this regard, the present-day Aspen Institute has reduced itself to that condition of secular, corporate, matter-dominated prominence, now largely removed from the original, noble, spirit-directed idea.

In summary, the hierarchy of all existence, God, man and nature (as presented to the ancients) and the trinity of God (Father, Son and Spirit), as revealed to moderns, has become distorted by postmodern materialists who seek to empower themselves in such a way that he who controls nature controls man.

Thus, the man who controls nature by economic means, and enforces it by political means, attempts to remove God himself from the original, correct condition, only to learn, when it is too late, that he has erred.

And eternity is a long time to be wrong.

Thus, the many who’ve suffered due to this persistent mistake may rest in the assurance that they endured in the courage asked of them.

For in the apt but unfortunate paraphrasing of a former unelected U.S. Republican president, and perhaps his most notable malaprop, when speaking of another matter: If Albert Schweitzer, Robert Maynard Hutchins, Stringfellow Barr and Mortimer Adler were alive today, they would be spinning in their graves.

Art Allard

Aspen


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