A Story of Debt and Waste

This is a story about a man who lived on a small, beautiful island with a temperate climate called Fairall land. This island had pleasant valleys, beautiful lakes, and high mountains, with towns, cities and villages built in former years to a high standard, though the quality of recent buildings was not so good or as pleasing to the eye. This was his country and once he had owned every square mile, but with total without of forethought and over several years, he had sold much of his land, many beautiful buildings and his few remaining industries to wealthy people from other countries. He and his friends thought that money was a god, and built many big and high temples in which it was worshipped. The servants and high priests of the god developed a religion which however, proved fickle and ruinous to the people of Fairall. In latter years, he had spent lavishly and his many friends had promoted him in his behaviour.

There were many ordinary people in Fairall land, and they had elected people to speak on their behalf, but, in reality they had little or no say in the man’s decisions and their wealth suffered. Sadly, money worshipping ultimately demanded too much of the island’s resources and, so, over many years, the coffers, built up over a long time by the work of the ordinary people became smaller and smaller. They could not be paid and they were made to stop work.

You will realise that he had now become a man who had not already modest method, let alone a fortune nor many method left for restoring his wealth. In fact, he was in a lot of debt.

Whether he was courting favour, attempting to appear or pretending to be much more affluent than he really was, or from delusions of grandeur or in any case, I don’t know, but I have to relate that he continued to use great sums of money both at home and oversea. To tell the truth, it is my view that he and his friends missed out on basic arithmetic at school. They needed to be able to do simple mathematics, as – 2 + – 2 does not equal + 400 as they seemed to think You and I know how to do simple sums and we know that that answer will never be correct. But it would appear that he believed it either was or maybe ‘could be’! We know that money is not made of elastic so that a too short length cannot stretch to in any case is needed. A limited amount of anything has boundaries that cannot be extended.

Not only did he use lavishly, and give great amounts to his priests in the high temples, but he also gave away large sums of money to people in distant lands. I will try to think that this man was hoping that these great sums would truly be spent on the poor people of these lands, to provide food, sanitation, electricity, water and homes. If that were true, then I think most people would accept that he had good intentions and that he was trying to help others. They would then be prepared to give of their own money to help that cause, already if this meant having less for their own needs. You see, in Fairall land, I believe that most people were kind and good.

He seemed to be blind to how the money which he gave away was used. As he was in debt, a reasonable and sane person would say that he had no money to either give away or waste, whether he had good intentions or not!

I mention ‘waste’ and I must confess that I keep puzzled by his motive as, you see in some of these lands, to whom he gave money lavishly, there were thieves ‘in high places’, corrupt governors and, worst of all, people making decisions who did not care at all about the poor and needy. They were the ones who received his money.

Lest you think I am not truthful, let me tell you that, a few years ago, one of these countries built a great stadium for people to run races round tracks, jump over high sticks and see how far they could throw a spear. Yes, I repeat, to run races round tracks and jump over high sticks and throw a spear! You think I jest, but I do not.

To ‘put on a spectacular show’, a stadium was built.The governors of that land did not care what happened and allowed many poor peoples’ houses, which were where the stadium was to be built, to be knocked down making many thousands of people homeless. The organisers were also allowed to position expensive and great displays of fireworks, dancers, gymnasts and entertainment accompanied by amazing technical achievements. however, from Fairall, though gravely in debt, the man gave money to them. ‘Why?’ You may ask. I also ask why he thought he should give money to a country which was able to use so lavishly in this way and who didn’t care about its people. If they could do one thing, they could do another or both!

But, that is not all that he wasted. Oh dear no. He sent money here, there and everywhere, but it was believed by observers that rarely, if ever, did it reach where it was intended or needed.

He sent already larger pots of gold to another country, besides also spending great sums of money to send soldiers and weapons. You see, this particular country was at war within and without its boundaries. This additional money could be used to help their poor people, but again little if any reached them and their way of life remained dire. I keep puzzled as to the sanity of this man. He knew that those who received the money did not care about ordinary people – anywhere, as this was a country which attained a lot of money from growing a plant which poisoned the minds of people all over the world. however he nevertheless gave them additional. Yes, a lot of money.

You will not believe this when I tell you that he already sent money to build an airstrip on a far away island so that the few people living there did not need to rely on a boat. That, as all his gifts, would cause no comment, as people can do what they wish with their money. But, as I have said, he owed such a lot of money, that I do not believe that any could be counted or used as if his own to give away.

I feel sorry for any poor or hungry people in the world, but when this man sends all this money, whether he is in debt or not, I ask, ‘Is he truly making the problem worse by enabling corrupt people simply to become more powerful and richer while the needs of their poor are ignored?’

It would be much better for him to use people who had no work in Fairall land to grow a lot of food, prepare it, course of action it, parcel it and then send any surplus food, not money, to satisfy these poor people. Other commodities which they need could be manufactured and sent, but, again I say, in debt or not, he should never give money! If he sent free food and arranged for its dispensing, he could help the poor in other countries instead of putting money into the pockets of bad men who either keep it, or, already worse, use it for buying guns and bombs.

But, here is the problem. This man, promoted by his friends and wielding strength and influence, does not listen to people like me.

But, you know, one day everything will change. Those corrupt men and those who start the fights, hurt and kill innocent people, or make people homeless and hungry, will have to answer for their behaviour. Those who hurt will receive the hurt back. One day we shall all die and be accountable for our lives on earth.

I know that will surely happen. There is a justice ultimately for all and therein is our hope. The order of the universe is ‘Reap what you sow’ and no one will be able to avoid the consequences of their actions. In my poetry book, ‘A Spiritual Journey’, I have written poems about the other planes of existence when this one is departed. I have also written a book called, ‘Beyond Mercy’, which is about a past life. I have many others to write. You might ask how I can write and know this different knowledge.

While living by a long, extreme, and painful illness during which I nearly died, I have been given some information of the planes of which I write and about the timelessness of existence on these planes. When this man has to answer for his actions will he plead ignorance? Will he deny that he knew of his own empty coffers? Will he say he didn’t realise he was giving money to people who used it wrongly and for their own ends? Will he deny knowledge of the needs of his own people? Will he learn before Fairall land is bankrupt?

That, my friends, will be his responsibility.

Copyright©ACoatesworth 2010

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