270. The Matthew Effect and Enforcing Justice on Behalf of God
8 January 2016
The Matthew effect came from the Bible, which refers to the phenomenon that the poor get poorer while the rich become richer.
Enforcing Justice on behalf of God was from Chinese Tao Te Ching and the original text is as follows: May not the Tao of God be compared to bending a bow? The bow which was high is brought low and what was low is raised up. So God diminishes where there is super-abundance and supplements where there is deficiency. It is the Way of God to diminish super-abundance and to supplement deficiency. It is not so with the way of man. A man takes away from those who have not enough to add to his own super-abundance. From the text, it is meant the good men should enforce justice on behalf of God and rob the rich to feed the poor.
These two works are the hints of prehistoric civilisation from God to different nations, which should be regarded as the bottom culture and subconsciousness for two civilisations.
That’s why Western people who believe in the Bible chose capitalism while Chinese people selected communism.
It is determined by and started from the bottom culture.
We have analysed the Matthew effect and now we focus on enforcing justice on behalf of God.
May not the Tao of God be compared to bending a bow? The bow which was high is brought low and what was low is raised up. So God diminishes where there is super-abundance and supplements where there is deficiency. It is the Way of God to diminish super-abundance and to supplement deficiency. It is not so with the way of man. A man takes away from those who have not enough to add to his own super-abundance
The interpretation of the above is as follows: How God works is like how to bend a bow. If the bow is not bent low enough, then bend it down. If the bow is bent too low, then loose a bit. If there are abundance, then make more use of it. If it is deficient, then supplement it.
The rule of how God work is to make more use of the abundance and to supplement the deficiency. But the way people work is different from that of God. Man always squeeze poor people to satisfy the rich ones.
The rule of how God works is to force the rich to help and supplement the poor. The rule of how man works is different from that of God. Man always look down on the poor and the incapable, squeeze the poor, and flatter the rich, the capable, and the powerful.
The slogan of Chinese Good Men is always to enforce justice on behalf of God.
This is called justice. That’s why Chinese Good Men are prepared to rob the rich to feed the poor so as to reach the common satisfaction.
The communist culture is a type of common satisfaction and shares the same logical thinking with Chinese traditional culture. The reason why the communism succeeded in China but failed in other countries is due to the cultural differences, especially the basic logical thinking of the bottom.
Christianity believes that Chinese people are selected by God and were selected since the start of prehistoric civilisation.
To take away from the rich to supplement the poor means common satisfaction and common prosperity. It also means that the more advanced should drive the less advanced and the more advanced should bear more responsibilities.
The Matthew effect means that it is human nature to flatter the rich, to look down on the poor, to dislike the poor, to favour the rich, and to squeeze the poor to satisfy the rich. It is human nature, the original impulse, and the primal instinct.
I believe that capital only when being held in the hand of capitalists could be capital. If the capital is held by the masses of people, it could be only for consumption and serves as the means of expenditure and profligacy. That’s how spendthrifts become.
Therefore, it could be a good thing if the capital is centralised by the capitalists.
This is because only capitalists know how to make money with money and how to compound interest. The reason why the poor is poor is that they don’t know how to make money. No matter how much money is given to the poor, they will only use the money to buy the luxury goods and then squander it.
It is the correct choice that the capital is only kept by the ones who know how to make money.
But people desire for common prosperity and enforcing justice on behalf of God.
There are two types of people in China: the ones working in national system and the ones working out of the system.
People who are raised by state-owned capital are the so-called people working in national system.
People who are raised by private-owned capital are called people working out of national system.
In the early years of the foundation, people were all working in national system. But later, due to the reform and bankrupt of state-owned corporations, a large number of people were laid out or gave up the job of working in the system, who became people working out of national system.
Capitalism is applied among people working out of national system and they speak of the Matthew effect.
Communism is applied among people working in national system and they speak of common prosperity. People could choose whether to work in the national system or not through certain working mechanism.
As the state-owned capital could not be applied in all fields but could make profits only in some area, the state-owned corporations could not raise all but some people. A large majority of people have to strive for live out of the national system.
The functional effects toward country and society are different between people working in or out of the national system.
People working in the national system mainly help to enforce justice on behalf of God, to solve the problems of fairness and justice, and to maintain the social harmony and stability.
People working out of the national system mainly help in accordance with the Matthew effect, such as making the market free for competition and free for performance and solving the problems of employment and development.
The way how God works and that of how man works played a different role and they interact with each other.
It is impossible to diminish how man works. Man is man and he cannot be God. People have their nature and it could not talk about the way how God works by ignoring the nature of people.
It could never be able to talk about how God work. Fairness and justice and harmonious society are required in society and this is also the requirement from God to human society. Breaching the way of how God works will be abandoned by God and will finally die out.
Therefore, the suitable social system should be public ownership of land and resource made by God. Common ownership can also be applied to area that is suitable for common ownership.
Two totally different thinking logics and rules of society exist in public ownership and private ownership and exist in both the national system and non-national system.
The functional effects they create for society satisfy both the way of God and that of man and the society will work harmoniously.