Capitalism

Rhoda and Martin Lehman

Rhoda and Martin Lehman

I feel that it is necessary for me to say more about my view of capitalism. Of course, my view is limited.  I checked Wikipedia and learned that there are several kinds of capitalism named according to the ones who are at the top of the pyramid.  Is it state capitalism, corporate capitalism, or some form of social capitalism?

The youths I knew when I was a middle aged preacher are now grandparents or are about to be.  I wish we had more  opportunities to talk across the generations about life.

Crystall welcomes Rhoda from Healthcare

Crystall welcomes Rhoda from Healthcare

As an example, I wish I had the opportunity to converse more with a former pastor’s son, a missionary’s son and his wife who pooled resources and gain income from operating a successful  business within the capitalistic system.  I’m sure there is much to be learned about the benefits of capitalism.  But I must give my own view of capitalism.

Rhoda

Rhoda

My view of capitalism is shaped by the view of Ronald Reagan who predicted that the riches of the rich would trickle down to benefit the poor, except that the poor get poorer while the rich get richer.  My own view of capitalism is more like a giant vacuum that sucks up the resources of the poor to benefit the rich.

But perhaps the most convincing testimonies for me is that of the weary, unhappy old man at the top as told in Ecclesiastes of the Old Testament, and of the poor preacher of the New Testament who went about doing good at no charge.

I’ve included pictures of Rhoda, leftover from the Wedding Anniversary blog.

About Martin Lehman

I was born 92 years ago, the son of a Mennonite pastor and organic gardener in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. At age 10 I was baptized as a member of the Marion Mennonite Church. I own the "Old Fool" moniker because I want to walk the Jesus Way even though the world and much of the church takes me as a fool for doing so. In my life I have moved from being a young conservative to an elderly radical. I tell that story in My Faith Journey posted on my website.
This entry was posted in Family, Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.