Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. - Matthew 13:12
Helpful, thoughtful article, "Why the Rich Don't Give More," by John Hawthorne.
I asked my boss, and generous patron, Mistress Candidia Cruikshanks, CEO of Wealth Bondage, she who owns us all, why she and her peers don't give more. First, she rightly corrected me, she has no peers. Then, she pointed out that giving is a waste of money when she can do more by investing in Wealth Bondage as a Social Enterprise Dedicated to the Public Good, and thereby be rewarded, as virtuous capital returns to her, in a virtuous circle, given how virtuous she is. Then she can reinvest in Wealth Bondage, and whirl the wealth around again. The world is just! "I am a job creator!," she said drawing back the curtain of her Overseer's Office so we could see the laborers scurrying around down on the Wealth Bondage Killing Floor, as we call it, or The Consumer Freedom Package Fulfillment Center, as Candidia calls it. Finally, decorously drawing the curtains again so we had some privacy, she put her booted feet up on the desk, and had me drop to all fours and bark like a dog. She held out a dollar bill, as if it were a tidbit, and of course, I rose to my knees begging. I thought I could at least get the dollar for my trouble. But she laughed and tucked it in back into her cleavage.
"Sweetie," she said solicitously, "Did you really think Momma was going to give you something for nothing? You know that is not how the world works, little man, is it? If I were to feed losers like you scraps from the winner's table, you would develop habits of dependency. You would lose your dignity as a human being. Look at you now, on your knees crying like a baby. When I dangled that dollar, I thought you were going to pee your pants, you were so excited. O you did? What a hoot! Is that any way for a big boy to act? I am doing you a favor. Now get the fuck out my office and promote philanthropy in Wealth Bondage. Head down, numbers up. Make me some money off it. Private Banking, Family Foundations, all that crap. What do you think I keep you around for? Well, yes, I forgot! You do make laugh! O sweetie, let me take your picture, groveling like that. Perfect! Hold the pose. I have never seen anyone so pathetic. God, it turns me on."
To cite John Milton, citing the parable of the talents, "They also serve who only stand and wait." I too have done my bit for the greater good. To make the great laugh is no small thing. Maybe that is God's master plan for the poor.