Could you tell me about your god, The Economy?
Sven set his tape recorder down and began the interview.
The Economy is a god to be worshiped and a god to be feared, Patrick explained. If The Economy is happy, everyone profits; If The Economy is down, everyone lives in anguish.
How do you keep your god, The Economy, happy? What does your god, The Economy, require of you?
We are required to work more hours than we can, in order to produce more goods than we need, so that a few will be able to consume more than is good for them, while many others go hungry.
That does not make any sense.
Who said religion is supposed to make sense? There is no god greater than Our Economy. The Economy sustains us all. What would we be, without The Economy?
I do not know. You mentioned that when The Economy is down, everyone lives in anguish. Have you experienced this during your life?
I have not yet, but there are constant threats and warning signs. We are constantly admonished by our Economic leaders to never let down The Economy. We must always keep on working more than we can, and consuming more than we need, in order to please The Economy. As we speak, a global pandemic is raging across our planet, and Economists (our religious leaders), warn that this is only the beginning. The Economy is about to get very upset, and many, including those who had previously been favored by The Economy, will suffer.
What can people do to get back in favor with The Economy, when such disaster looms?
Orthodox Economists will tell you that sometimes we have to offer sacrifices to appease The Economy.
What kind of sacrifices?
The old and the weak -those who cannot work more than they can in order to produce more than we need – will have to be sacrificed, to the virus, for the greater good.
How so, “for the greater good?”
To appease The Economy. If The Economy is happy, everyone profits, Patrick repeated the mantra.