yet people prefer the side paths.
Be aware when things are out of balance.
Stay centered within the Tao.
When rich speculators prosper
While farmers lose their land;
when government officials spend money
on weapons instead of cures;
when the upper class is extravagant and irresponsible
while the poor have nowhere to turn-
all this is robbery and chaos.
It is not in keeping with the Tao.
—Chapter 53, Tao Te Ching
The USA is severely out of balance. It has lost its way entirely, and cannot see, much less navigate its way back to the center of the Way.
What? You say YOUR religion is Christianity, and this pagan belief does not apply to you?
Do you really think, in your wildest, most ignorant, understanding of Christianity, that anything in those Taoist verses would offend Jesus Christ? Perhaps only in the sense that Jesus would have said it more radically (being the revolutionary he was), that the upper class is ALWAYS extravagant and irresponsible, by definition; and that the poor ALWAYS have nowhere to turn, because the rich employ robbery and chaos as their main weapons of domination and terror.
No, the USA today is not in keeping with the Tao. Nor is it in keeping with Jesus Christ. Nor in keeping with any humane idea of government or economy. It is a pigsty of hatred and inequality.
You want proof?
What do the rich care about today? What are they prattling on about?
Not the unemployed. Not the rapidly rising rates of poverty, of ignorance, of hopelessness.
What they care about is that Standard and Poor's ratings service has downgraded the credit rating of the USA from AAA to AA+ (with a scoop of poop). Suddenly, somebody has said, on top of the fact the USA is a worthless scumbag empire, just like all the others, it also sucks at the thing it claims to be unexcelled at—being the best bet in history.
Nope. And with politics and people split as they are, with the factions tearing the land apart so confidently, so piously, the people of the USA are rightly more and more expectant of doom and depression (of all sorts).
And this is what the Bible was trying to tell you about concerning being careful of the seeds you sow—therefore shall you reap.
The USA was built upon, and thus sowed the seeds of, robbery and chaos.
And the reaper has come.