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To earn is human

india Updated: Mar 11, 2008 20:36 IST

Now this is bit rich, coming from the uber plush environs of the Vatican. Sins have acquired a holy new dimension to include, among other things, being obscenely rich and drug pushing. We have no problems with the latter, but surely the Vatican doesn’t think it can fob off people by promising the Kingdom of God in return for remaining poor. There is something about greenbacks that brings out the ascetic in us, Pope Benedict being no exception.

Closer home, Minister of State for Defence Production Rao Inderjit Singh has slammed cricketers for the mortal sin of playing for money. Well, our hockey players have been dribbling around for aeons with no hope of some filthy lucre at the end, and look where that got them. The Vatican could easily give any mega corporate a run for its money. From its baubles to benediction, the cassocked commissars of the Lord thrive on prayer and profit. In today’s world, it is almost divinely ordained, to quote the late Deng Xiaoping, that to get rich is glorious. The Pope, however, clearly hopes to give a new meaning to accounting for yourself on the day of judgment.

But will the new divine dispensation work? Unlikely in this age when most us know more about Bill Gates than Heaven’s Gates. As Wallis Simpson famously said, you can never be too rich or too thin. So it seems that most us are destined for the fires of Hell. Our only hope of entering the pearly gates lies in our Father in the Vatican taking piety on us. He and he only can redeem our guilt-edged bonds on the day of reckoning. Well, we don’t mind as long as the price is right.