Is it orthdox(halal) to blame the rich for wealth inequality?
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Halal: Any object or an action which is permissible to use or engage in, according to Islamic law. (antonym. Haram)
Orthodox: Conforming to the Christian faith as represented in the creeds of the early church. (antonym. Unorthodox)
Wealth inequality: It can be described as the unequal distribution of assets within a population
This argument might seem economical at first, but it really has nothing to do with it and how wealth should be distributed.
My stand is, that it shouldn't be Unorthodox or Haram to feel a certain way towards a situation or a group of people. Of course using reason, it is not right to blame the rich for any inequalities, however reason and emotion are separate.
As the Victorian era philosopher said: Opinion is ultimately determined by the feelings, and not by the intellect.
And the opinion the poor have, will be based on their feelings of being deprived, sick and tired, envious etc.
Now should those feelings really be Haram? Unorthodox? No. Because it's something they can't control.
Thinking in a certain way shouldn't be forbidden or going against scriptures, innit? Those people shouldn't be considered as sinners for having an opinion.
I am arguing that religion requires that opinions based on emotions should stay a sin.
I'll began my argument with the origin of worshipping any deity and the reason for their existence. They exist because mankind is always looking for answers. As society changed so too did religions, we all know how Greece used to worship the Gods of mount Olympus and the Nordics worship those of Asgard. And in these times people battled for their gods and wanted to convert people so that their gods would give them more favor. However it would surely prove difficult to keep peace amongst your people when people worship different gods secretly.
Now coming to my main point Christianity was created by the genius of the time, they created the one true almighty God. Why? To keep people content with what little they had so that they could harbor all the riches for themselves. And to be a true believer, means to be docile against the oppressor. And to have opinions based on emotions will ruin that system destroying the very foundation of religion in the first place. The Romans had their gladiator battles to keep their citizens happy in times of trouble, religion is all the same.
I look forward to your rebuttle
First, the example of Greek gods is irrelevant as the terminology I used clearly showed that my argument was about the two predominant religions Islam and Christianity. BUT it could be argued that it is a valid one as the Greeks had the most obvious distinction between the rich/educated(Athenians) and poor/uneducated(Spartans) so I'll go with it.
Sparta was the first city-state in Greece to introduce land reform aimed at equalizing wealth among its citizens. (source: http://www.greek-gods.org...). This sort of action shows that the Spartans had those feelings I earlier mentioned, of envy and dissatisfaction, which led to them distributing wealth fairly. This in itself, shows that sometimes when people have negative feelings and opinions they could make an almost mythical footprint in history.
Seems like we are on different pages in relation to religion, because I don't see it as a genius creation by a human being but as a message from God. Now, let's get to the matter at hand. Unlike in the Roman times and Greek times, rich and poor aren't in complete different kingdoms or cities. Granted there are some fancy places and some slums, the interaction in modern days is much more apparent. And so the feelings would be stronger. Some take those feelings and make them negative, by crime. Others make them positive by aspiring to be like that/have that and so on. And life is never just full of positiveness, soo that shouldn't be sinful.
"And to have opinions based on emotions will ruin that system destroying the very foundation of religion in the first place."
Isn't faith in itself, emotional? On blind faith, like heaven and hell/Paradise and Jahannam, emotion proves to be a source of spiritual knowledge. Emotion strengthens knowledge, and thus systems. So how could it ruin/destroy the foundation of religion.
To conclude, blaming the rich for inequalities is unfair on them but that feeling shouldn't also make them feel guilty. As unhappiness is not a sin. Turning the negativity around to be positive will prove to be rewarding.
I'm gonna start with my conclusion which is
Blaming the rich and greedy for inequalities is actually fair, however institutions like religion wants you to practice peace through willful ignorance, by keeping people happy without question. Christianity needs to keep those negative emotions as a sin, because if people start complaining a new religion may take place, just as Greece lost its famous religions. Remember the 7 deadly sins of man Green, Lust, Wraith, gluttony, sloth, pride, envy. Too much of any of these emotions will destroy a person.
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