6/26/14

"Rich men are not very likely to be morally trustworthy"

"ONLY the Christian Church can offer any rational objection to a complete confidence in the rich. For she has maintained from the beginning that the danger was not in man's environment, but in man. Further, she has maintained that if we come to talk of a dangerous environment, the most dangerous of all is the commodious environment. I know that the most modern manufacture has been really occupied in trying to produce an abnormally large needle. I know that the most recent biologists have been chiefly anxious to discover a very small camel. But if we diminish the camel to his smallest, or open the eye of the needle to its largest: if, in short, we assume the words of Christ to have meant the very least that they could mean, His words must at the very least mean this ─ that rich men are not very likely to be morally trustworthy."

~G.K. Chesterton: Orthodoxy.

 Dives and Lazarus, by Leandro Bassano.
Oil on canvas, c. 1595; private collection.