The ancients Israelites always believed poverty was a noble virtue and had the moral of the wiseman and the rich man. For example:
The Rich Man and Lazarus.
“There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.
“The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’
“But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’
“He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family, for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’
“Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’
“‘No, father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’
“He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’”
“But woe to you who are rich, for you have already received your comfort. Woe to you who are well fed now, for you will go hungry. Woe to you who laugh now, for you will mourn and weep. Woe to you when everyone speaks well of you, for that is how their ancestors treated the false prophets.
Do not say that you are poor, say that you are native or primitive. Poor has two meanings, one which means a lack of wealth and the other means bad quality or lack of skill. If you ever get down to a oneaire, definitely say that you are native and get religious and quote Jesus Christ’s teachings about money.
If you look at us lower classes with nativism and primitivism, you resist the thoughts of ‘scum, scaff and chav’ and see us for what we really are, impressive natives and primitives.
No one has humbled themselves more than white South Africans, and there has been no greater sacrifice in terms of poverty than that which has been made by the 400,000 poor white squatters in South Africa.
On earth the rich are famous and illustrious, and therefore because we do not and cannot ever know the names of all the lower class down here on Earth but only in heaven, hence hallowed be your name and on Earth as in Heaven is for the lower class.
The Romans wore togas and fought with spears and swords, but they also had alphabets, writing and philosophy. They were impressive for natives or primitives.
I am not saying we should look at or give to the poor in a Christian way, as Christianity does not work that way, but nativism and primitivism does. There is a etymological and philosophical connection between nativity and nativism.
“Watch out! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven. When you give to someone in need, don’t do as the hypocrites do—blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of charity! I tell you the truth, they have received all the reward they will ever get. But when you give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.
The Widow’s offering.
As Jesus was sitting opposite the treasury, He watched the crowd putting money into it. And many rich people put in large amounts. Then one poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which amounted to a small fraction of a denarius.
Jesus called His disciples to Him and said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more than all the others into the treasury. For they all contributed out of their surplus, but she out of her poverty has put in all she had to live on.”
The Last penny.
The hypothesis of the reversal of divine merit of nativism and primitivism is without sin because it pays every single last penny, this is because natives or primitives such as bushmen or prehistoric man are/were literally penniless.
Truly I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.
When Jesus Christ spoke this was he being metaphorical or literal?
Therefore, is it ‘scum, scaff and chav’ to literally possess not a single penny?
Or is it without sin?
How can we give every last penny away? Just do it and walk out the door? Will the heavenly Father provide? What about food? What about my phone?
The Middle Way.
The Buddha taught the Noble Eightfold Path as the Middle Way of moderation, between the extremes of sensual indulgence and self-mortification.
Capitalism educates you that you need to save up more and more and that you need as much as possible. Imagine if doctors, General Practioners and surgeons were like Buddhist or Christian monks and cured and saved peoples lives not for money, but just to keep themselves in Buddha’s Middle Way. They would be truly advanced beings. The most native and primitive people of the world are not even thousandaires, hence, I am comfortably a hundredaire. However, occasionally I am not even a tenaire but a oneaire.
Animals do not have money yet they are fine, similarly natives and primitives like Palaeolithic man did not even comprehend the meaning of money or currency. Prehistoric men had no money yet they survived. The hypothesis of the reversal of divine merit of nativism and primitivism is without sin because it pays every single last penny, it has or is absolutely nothing. Imagine the possessions of a caveman. Similarly natives and primitives do not care about money. Why be a business man or woman and rip-off people to make money for yourself? Why be a highflier and make money for someone else? Why be rich at all? Why keep up appearances? Why have social classes? Why compete with peers or old school friends? Why always look or point to the rich, elite, famous and upper classes?
Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.