What is meant in the quote From the Gospel of Wealth"The problem of our age is the proper administration of wealth, so that the ties of brotherhood may still bind together the rich and the poor in...

What is meant in the quote From the Gospel of Wealth

"The problem of our age is the proper administration of wealth, so that the ties of brotherhood may still bind together the rich and the poor in harmonious relationships."

 

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how does it relate to the nations rich and poor?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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When this quote was first written, it did not refer to nations, but rather to individuals.  The idea was that the rich were supposed to administer their wealth so that it would help the poor and would, therefore, make rich and poor be able to live together in harmony.

If you related this to nations, the idea would be that the rich nations should use their wealth to help the poor.  But they would (if they followed the Gospel of Wealth) be in charge of everything.  In other words, they would not just give money to the poor countries.

According to the Gospel of Wealth, the poor were poor because they weren't as good as the rich -- not as smart or energetic.  Therefore, the rich had to take care of them.  If you follow this, the rich countries would need to take care of the poor countries as if the poor countries were children.

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