The Price of Souls

I was thinking about politics this week so of course I decided to talk to God about capitalism. I do live in the United States after all.

What I wanted to know, is what does God see in common between capitalism and religion. For instance, one of the basic tenets of capitalism is that something is worth what someone is willing to pay for it. Just because some widget costs twenty dollars to manufacture doesn’t mean it’s worth twenty dollars, let alone twenty plus some necessary markup. The actual quality of the widget doesn’t necessarily matter, and the utility of it doesn’t necessarily matter. All that matters is what the market will bear. Now the market rarely has perfect information and, even if it did, emotions would still come into it.

God told me that that principle applies to churches. She says that some religions do great works, some good, and some not so good. Some of the best never get big, and some of the ones that did get big, got there by not so much doing good as by building a good reputation.

And of course, some got there just by intimidation. After all, there’s a lot to be said for the inspirational value of knowing that the priest gets to select the next person to be sacrificed.

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