Is it any wonder that the rich and powerful look on the ‘common’ person as little more than sheep to be used and abused for their own ends? After all, by all estimates, at least half the population of the planet willing shackle themselves to an ethereal (some would say, imaginary) emperor(s) who does nothing to help them except comfort them with the promise of a better life sometime in the unspecified future.
It’s like buying Manhattan for beads.
What’s clear is that the powerful among us are not religious. At least, not in the same sense as the common person. They can’t possibly believe the same things as the religious plebians or they would have to accept that their afterlife would be… somewhat warmer. After all, actions speak louder than words, and the actions of many of the powerful do not align with how most of us interpret religious texts. So, if the powerful truly believe, then they believe something the rest of us don’t.
But then, most of us appear to believe words of love and peace coming from the mouth of a being who, by His own account, razed cities and attempted genocide against humanity. So who’s really being con’ed here? Perhaps the powerful have it right, and the being(s) above truly respect strength over humility.
At the end of the day (era / existence), perhaps those on the right had of said deity(s) will be the ones who have shown they know and understand how to rule, and the rest of us will be toiling in the celestial fields.
Insight and longevity.