A working economy is about the economic system. Do the goods and services produced have value and are they capable of generating profits for the company, thus enabling decent wages and salaries for employers? Can people live comfortably? Are the cost and standard of living bearable? Are there workplaces for anyone looking for one, and are the salaries of those jobs able to provide a certain respectable standard of living? Can people buy both domestically produced and imported goods and services with their wages without going bankrupt? Is the cost of food bearable, and is this cost only a fraction of their salary? Is the total spending on necessities only a fraction of their salary and putting them out of business by the end of the month? And many other things, for example, concerning health, pensions, etc. Real estate is only one component of an economy and not the most important.
The role of central or national government in an economy is extremely dynamic. The less developed the economy, the greater the involvement of the national government in the economy. And this is a very important requirement. The government is gradually but not completely withdrawing as the country develops economically. It is the duty or responsibility of the national government of a developing country to create industries that will support the formation of enterprises that will provide places of work and employment for citizens. It is the primary responsibility or duty of the government of a developing country.
The principle of opportunity cost applies in life or in any sphere of human activity, so if a country is a developing economy, the last thing the government wants to worry about is religion. So why shouldn’t and shouldn’t a government get excited about religion? Religion (Christianity, Islam, etc.) has no value for the economy. Religion provides no economic utility. What is the premise or basis of religion? Religion makes the human being dependent on a supreme supernatural being. Religion does not challenge a human being to see themselves as the ultimate creator – which is exactly who we are as human beings.
The more a people is dependent on religion, the less it will question itself and find innovative and creative solutions to the problems of its environment, which then constitutes the basis of a company; and as the business grows, employment and job opportunities increase. This is the reason why as religion has increased in Africa, the economy of Africa has deteriorated.
An individual will make extreme progress if the time spent during the day or night praying in a church is spent wondering, “What is the solution to a problem I see around me?” Now, this individual may not come up with an answer the first time around, but is sure to build on that essay next time, and will most likely come up with an answer or an innovative and creative idea or solution the next time around. Progress has finally arrived! The individual, his society, his country, his continent and the world have improved. Extremely well spent time.
For example, consider China’s GREAT FIREWALL – this wonderful technology was born out of a question the Chinese had about a solution to an external threat to their country. I believe it took a lot of time, thought, effort, motivation and creativity of even their most brilliant scientists and technologists to come up with such a wonderful solution. It is God in action – human beings are the God, human beings are the creators and have created. The religion would have told the Chinese to depend on another (a God) who will never go to China to build the great firewall for them. And they would have spent an eternity waiting for that other (a God), at which time the full force of the threat would have been greatly felt and experienced.
Religion does not even make an economic agent (individual, household, government) a good entity. YES! If this were not the case, then a country like Ghana will not even need the services of the police since we are extremely religious, yet there is corruption in the public and private spheres of economic activity .
And the same people who throw garbage in the gutters are the same people who fill the churches and mosques respectively on the following Sunday and Friday. The same people who engage in economically unproductive and sabotaging behaviors such as witchcraft, sorcery, spiritualism, demonism, and Satanism are the same people who fill the pews. In fact, religion is instead used as a cover for immoral and economically unproductive behavior. Religion allows a human being to have good on his lips while he has bad on his body, that is, to behave badly.
Accordingly, the relationship between a government and a religion should and must be like this: “What can we do as a government with the power we have to cause our people to become less religious? More so, when both religions – Christian and Islamic – are not indigenous religions, we do not even lose ourselves or part of our culture and identity.
Religion is a negative externality to the economy. Why is religion a negative externality for the economy? Most religions provide a paradise where no matter how bad or criminal, conspiratorial, violent, satanic or evil a human being is or behaves, all he has to do is say a few words (prayer) and he is forgiven. When they do, they won’t do any good in the economy. But when an economic agent understands, accepts and respects that there is no paradise, he will channel his energies, his resources, his creativity and his time to create good and do good – a paradise here on earth which is the truth, fact and reality.
This state of affairs is conducive to economic and social development and progress. In fact, when there are so many economic and social problems to solve, when children sell by the side of the road and there is such idleness, then you know that religion is not a job or a department. of the government.
We sometimes behave as if religion is essential or necessary for economic and social development and progress. It is a mistake. Countries like China, Singapore and Japan are neither Christian nor Muslim; yet, have developed completely and successfully and are leaders in technology.
There are already too many churches and mosques in sub-Saharan Africa per capita. The leaders of these churches became extremely rich on the backs of the poor. These church leaders sell the idea of blessings and curses where worshipers have been blessed or cursed so that a worshiper is not informed or even encouraged that there is a set of economically productive actions that can be taken in the physical to lift them out of poverty so they can lead fulfilling lives. The church is therefore an inhibitor of economic development and progress because the individual is a microcosm of society and country.
Everyone challenges themselves to build a mosque or a church. Just imagine what is possible if those energies, motivation, funds, time and creativity are instead used to build businesses! African governments should focus on building an economy that works, as this is what brings economic and social development and progress to Africa and Africans.
|Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are those of the authors and do not reflect those of Peacefmonline.com. Peacefmonline.com assumes no legal or other responsibility for the accuracy of their content. Please report any inappropriate content to us, and we will evaluate it first.|