We Are Losing Person
Life became hard (10)

La vida se nos ha hecho difícil (10)

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We are not losing the person, because the person cannot be lost.

Brief pre-articWhat we might be losing is the knowledge of what the person is, and the proper treatment we should give according to their dignity and rights. But we are not losing that either, for the simple reason that we have never had it, leaving very few exceptions safe. I will try to explain myself.

The vast majority of human beings have never known what the person is; Consequently, he does not know how to treat it either. With the person, what happened to St. Augustine does not happen over time; for he said he knew what time is, as long as they didn't ask him; but if they asked him, then he didn't know. Certainly he had a true notion of what time is, but he could not specify it, as it also happens to us. But the same does not happen with the person; in this case we don't even have a true notion of it; what we have is the word person, and we repeat it by heart, and we also repeat by heart the phrase that "the person has dignity and rights"; but we do not understand what we say, although we believe we understand it and that is why we feel somewhat civilized.

What I just said may sound very strong, offensive, almost insulting. Nothing is further from my intention! I simply want to show these truths by avoiding euphemisms, given the important and delicate issue. The reality of the person is eternal, just because there are people in God. The human concept of person was elaborated by Boecio back in the sixth century. Subsequently, however, all the slaves of the ranks would be offended if we told them that they neither know nor understand what the person is, and that, what they say, they repeat it by heart. But that's right, they neither know it nor understand it; otherwise, they would not only be ignorant, but also evil.

Among thousands of examples, let's choose the following just for clarity. Southern Americans of the early twentieth century considered themselves civilized and educated people - in many ways they really were - and believed they knew reality and the concept of person; they simply thought that blacks lacked the corresponding dignity and rights. Today it is obvious that: either they were evil ones, or they did not know the concept and the reality of what the person is. Perhaps some of them have been ignorant and evil at the same time, but the reasonable thing is to be inclined to think that they were mainly ignorant, on the subject of the person, both theoretically and practically. They had the mitigating of having been thus educated by their parents, and by their grandparents, and by their great grandparents ...

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Life has been difficult for us

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Today almost everyone recognizes that blacks are authentic people, and that their slavery was an outrage to their dignity and rights. However, it is not so clear to everyone that there cannot be second-class, second-hand, or second-use people. This is the testimony of the various social classes and the fact that women have been considered second-hand after losing their virginity. These are obvious examples, palmarios, and there will be no lack of those who recognize this truth and put their hands to their heads thinking: It is a barbarity that there are still people like that!

But the truth is that perhaps no one escapes the imputation of running over the dignity and rights of people in a continuous and systematic way. This has been the case in the barter economy, later refined as a money economy, that is, in a world that works with money. This is the case even today, when human rights are in vogue more than ever.

Human rights violations

Consider some of those fundamental rights, such as home, clothing and livelihood, which refer directly to people's lives; and also consider any person. So, that person, why is he entitled to food, for his dignity as a person or for his economic position? For his dignity as a person, obviously: what a question! Even so, food is bought with money, and the vast majority of people who do not have that little money cannot get their food, and more than eight million die of hunger every year, that is, about a thousand people every hour. And - changing what needs to be changed - the same can be said about the house and clothing, and medical care, and education, and everything that is bought with money.

What does this all mean? It simply means that we are giving dignity and rights to money, not to the person. If a hungry and moneyless beggar shows up at a store, he won't get the pantry; If a robot is presented with money, it will certainly get it, even if the robot is not known. The shopkeeper delivers the pantry in exchange for money, not in view of human rights and needs; That is why he also gives the pantry to a well-eaten person, if he has money, while he denies it to a hungry person, if he does not have money: what he commands is money! In our world, money matters more than people; This is what the old saying goes: You have so much, so many vouchers!

Undoubtedly, the person without money can often get their food, but for charity, not for justice; not as a right, but as a handout; that is to say, the price of obtaining it is that of being run over in its dignity. Such is the tremendous reality of our world since we have historical news of it. If you make money with war, you have to make war, even if people die.

In addition to money, the dignity and rights of people are violated for many other reasons. But the reason for the money is enough to understand that it is a universal outrage, practiced by all, perhaps with some very rare exceptions. It is clear, therefore, that either the entire humanity is evil, or the humanity does not know the reality of the person and does not even have a true notion of it, unlike what happens with the reality of time, returning to the example of St. Augustine. But the whole humanity is not evil; Then, he doesn't know the reality of the person. He has never met her! Just for that reason, for not having it, you cannot lose such knowledge.

What are the people?

In a very simple and brief way, let's say that people are spiritual beings, who, for the same reason, are intelligent and aware of values: being, true, good, beauty, unity, and so on. The deaf do not enjoy the world of music, because they cannot hear it. Similarly, neither minerals nor vegetables nor animals enjoy the world of values, because they do not know them, since they lack intellect.

People are beings that have intellect, and that is why they are able to know and enjoy the world of values: existence, science, morals, art, friendship, and so on. People are also unrepeatable, insubstitutable, free, and able to work, love and hate. Their dignity comes from their ability to know their own worth, given the very close union they have with values; and their rights arise precisely from that dignity.

That is why people deserve to be respected and loved. Moreover, since the person is based on a spiritual being - simple and without parts - it cannot be destroyed; it can only be annihilated - back to nothingness in its entirety - something that only God can do, even if it never does. That's why people can't get lost. Enough for now these brief notions.

Analysis of money as a violator of dignities and rights

The tremendous thing about all this is to realize that we live in a world where the dignity and rights of people are run over continuously and systematically, at least for being a world that moves with money, as a refinement of a barter economy. Could these evils be avoided by conserving the money-based economy? How?

Let's analyze why the shop owner denies the food to the hungry without money, even if the hungry is entitled to food for his dignity as a person. If he gave him the food because of his dignity and rights, for the same reasons he would have to work the same with all the hungry people who arrived at his shop, which would be innumerable, and soon he would run out of merchandise and without money, and without means to generate money ; which, in an economy of money, will also make him and his family hungry.

It is very clear that the shopkeeper's way of working is due to security reasons, his and his family's. In a money economy the shopkeeper must give food in exchange for money, and not in view of human rights and needs. What fails is not so much the shopkeeper, but the system, the economy of money.

The invention of the currency was not a good thing, as is usually thought, but one of the greatest evils that humanity has had to suffer. It is reasonable that Christ said that it is not possible to serve God and money. Even so, it is still true that nobody is bound to the impossible, and that we live in an economy of money, and that we cannot change it. Although everyone wanted to end the money economy, it is not clear how he could achieve it. And much less can be achieved by a single person or a group of people.

The money economy

In our economy, which is the economy of money, the problem is to get money to buy food, and the house, and clothing, and everything else. This problem causes increasing pressures and tensions over people, families, associations, nations and the entire world society.

Despite this, we all follow the game to the money economy and ask ourselves this question: how will I get the money to buy my food? Almost no one is reluctant to play the money economy by asking this other question: how can each person be provided with their food for their dignity, and not for the money they have? If we could achieve this, we would undoubtedly have a better society, because the pressure of money would disappear, which violates the rights and dignity of people.

Worst of all, we are not facing a question of intelligence, of knowledge, but mainly of will, of decisions. Worst of all, we like the money economy, that we prefer it to other possible and better economies; that we bother — up to the aggressive fury — at the only realistic approach of being able to change the economy of money for a better economy, as if there could be no better economy and as if that single approach were a sovereign stupidity. These types of attitudes, which usually come from the rich and powerful, are those that make it virtually impossible for even the approaches to seek a better economy to be formulated.

In such a state of affairs, we can only find a way to defend ourselves from the money economy by living in the middle of it. And then, in the absence of justice and the right due, it is essential to resort to charity and alms, and many other forms of help that humiliate and hurt the needy in their dignity, in order to provide them with the indispensable goods to keep. Another way to defend ourselves from the money economy is to subtract ourselves from it as much as possible, at least partially and without disturbing anyone; that is, it consists in achieving a kind of oasis amid the increasing pressures of the money economy.

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