Is God The Richest & The most Selfish being on the planet?

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The Fragile ground, God’s been occupying for 5000 yrs



Human
Race and all other living beings were pretty much content with foraging
sleeping and procreating for millions of years till God arrived and changed
every single order that existed since last 2 million years, made us all
useless, allowed us to comfort and bask in the warmth of its existence and the
proverbial eye that it kept on us.

We
Human Beings found solace in our hopes and beliefs because our focus shifted
from the just the next meal and safety from adversaries & superior animals in
food chain, to future comforts, education, aspirations, ambitions, greed,
career, outperformance among the same species (highly characterised among the
human beings of the present day mostly measured by solitaires and purses among
women and cars and homes among men).
For
the longest period of time we found comfort in deriding and under-appreciating
Darwin and refused to believe that the fittest survive and organisms evolve and
the weak perish. Because God came in between. As God was really the ultimate
saviour from all known and unknown perils so far.
And
God took advantage !!
All
this while, in the human memory (average life span 70 years and active memory
50 years) people remembered what was convenient and passed on what was even
more convenient. And God survived and thrived because we became slaves of the
future aspirations for ourselves, for our progeny and started believing in God
as the protector and the provider.
God
has also been terribly lucky for an infinitely long time. Everything that
is known to and seen by man has a limited lifespan. Take the strongest of
edifices, the largest of corporations, beliefs and ideologies – irrespective of
the robustness in those times – these had limited longevity. The largest
corporations have hardly been able to survive more than a hundred years,
East India Company was really more an Empire
rather than a company and yet perished.
And
God lasted the longest !!
Because
humanity never lost faith.
Divide
and rule came to be believed to be more of a modern day adage but it always
existed. It always was what drove the world based on difference of opinions and
beliefs and created just about enough conflict to maintain a balance in-spite
of the religious holy wars. And agree or not, different Gods, through their self anointed representatives, tried hard to use
this tool to control their respective fiefdoms.
Vagaries
of nature in the form of Tsunamis, Earthquakes, Diseases, Floods, Droughts were
never global, so-far, and we could always blame on the collective karma of the
region.
The
Tsunami of 2004, the hurricane Katrina (even though hurricane Galveston of 1900 was the most
severe) were all severe but isolated events and we humans spared a thought for
the fellow humans who lost their lives and were in the middle of such adversity
but moved on with our lives the next day as the world moved on and the global
economic engine moved efficiently. Deaths owing to these adversities became sad
statics after a while.
Corona
perhaps is the most secular event that has ever happened to Earth and all the
purveyors of religion stand exposed because while the world waits for the
vaccine to be discovered (which some say, is 18 months to 5 yrs away) the Gods
have abandoned their posts, through which they used to instil hope and fear, and
are suddenly missing in action.
Why
else could such a scale of trouble not be sorted out by God. Most of us have
resigned to our
deservingness bias or the Just-World theory because “God is
Great”
But
one hypothesis definitely stands theorised – “God is only our fair weather friend”
Because
the rapidity with which God deserted the guardianship of human race, its own
places of worship is rather alarming. I was surprised recently, that the representative/incarnation
of God was too angry to
shake hands with a young lady
.
Now
lets look at the God’s PnL and Balance Sheet
Between
the top religious organisations (links to research on their assumed wealth below)
this is one corporation of religions that seems to enjoy all authority and no
responsibility. Sift through the articles and the God’s (all of theirs) Balance Sheet could
well be over 50 trillion dollars. About 2-3 years of USof A ‘s GDP.
This
is just the declared wealth. In addition to available data, each of the top 50
religious places of worship earn over 150 million dollars each per annum. A temple in India annually earns about 27 million US $ from just the sale of human hair that are given there as offering.
Bottom
line – These numbers are staggeringly unfathomable. And enough to remove all
miseries from the planet.
The
Associations, Trusts and Bodies that control these religious institutions
should now rise to the occasion and open their coffers and allow the vast
quantum of wealth collected from the contributions of the very people who are
in peril.
Governments
through their powers must exercise their right to make these religious
organisations responsible, in the national interest, for the greater good of humanity and nations.
National treasures must be used and monetised to manage national and global
calamities. The gold reserves of religious institutions that are off
balance sheet items, off the reserves of the central banks of respective
countries across the planet must be used to alleviate the suffering (financial
and hunger and medical)
Why
else are we all paying annual premiums (through our pilgrimages and offerings)
to God if it’s not buying the mankind any insurance.
God
isn’t represented by a place, person, shape or festival. God is and should be a
way of life, conduct character and compassion towards the beautiful planet and its habitants, where we got a chance to ‘BE’.

“Rise
up Oh dear God and demonstrate Your benevolence and open up Your coffers, for You haven’t been on a more
slippery slope in over 5000 years.”

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