(AMERICAN CULTURE) — Who is the greatest humanitarian to ever live? Ghandi? Mother Teresa? Jimmy Carter? Bono? I would argue that person would be Adam Smith, the moral philosopher who laid the intellectual and moral groundwork for what came to be known as capitalism with his 1776 book Wealth of Nations. We are all bombarded in a variety of ways with tales of human misery in an attempt to separate us from our money. Guilt is a good motivator, if not a dishonest one. The assumption with all such appeals is that our money will help alleviate the suffering. No doubt it does and can in some cases, but the wealth generator of the free market is a far better cure for much human misery.
Our pastor at the church we attend recently gave a sermon on a disturbing passage in Matthew, chapter 25, verses 31-46. This is the parable of the sheep and the goats. In it Jesus says: