THE HIGHEST ECHELON

Today’s Prayer to Passage will be from the book ‘Small is Beautiful: Economics as if People Really Mattered’ by E.F. Schumacher.

Today I pray, “Dear God, With what do we approach the idea of building wealth upon a perspective of human dignity? Amen.”

Following my prayer, I held the closed book in my hands and opened it to this passage on page 244:

“‘It is an injustice and at the same time a grave evil and disturbance of right order to assign to a greater and higher association what lesser and subordinate organisations can do. For every social activity ought of its very nature to furnish help to the members of the body social and never destroy and absorb them.’ These sentences were meant for society as a whole, but they apply equally to the different levels within a large organisation. The higher level must not absorb the functions of the lower one, on the assumption that, being higher, it will automatically be wiser and fulfill them more efficiently. Loyalty can grow only from the smaller units to the larger (and higher) ones, not the other way round — and loyalty is an essential element in the health of any organisation.”

If the higher level is the level that is wiser and more efficient, that calls into question what is the higher level, really? No offense is meant to those who think they are in the upper echelons, the elite, the owners of underground bunkers — ready to flee and to take cover when the very nature of the eliteness that afforded them a fallout shelter created the need for it in the first place. Wait, did I say no offense meant? Wow, it really does take one to lie and one to listen! I think “the higher”, wiser, more efficient One is God. And our loyalty to God exists in faith that not even a unit of people can be “highest.” Ever. And to God I say with greatest loyalty, Thank You for being The One, the Wisest, the Highest.

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