DIVIDENDS PAYABLE NOW OR DEFERRED
Gloria Steinem made this thoughtful observation:
“It’s an incredible con job when you think about it, to believe something now in exchange for something after death. Even corporations with their reward systems don’t try to make it posthumous.”
The question that remains unanswered is who would you trust?
As a holder of a corporate stock certificate do you want your dividend paid out to you quarterly, or should your dividend payment be deferred until your death certificate is issued?
Consider this: do you trust a capitalistic corporation such as an oil company to issue your reward – quarterly dividend – now, or do you trust organized religion to pay you after your death?
Ponder this: any military-industrial complex corporation may go bankrupt on very rare occasion. However, organized religions seem to never go defunct. Organized religion always takes care of itself first to ensure its continuity. Its existence is the trust fund for your future rewards set aside. The capitalistic corporation must meet its obligations to its shareholders in the present quarter while you can collect its dividend and enjoy its fruits in the now.
How about the tax liability? Organized religions pay no taxes. Corporations employ the best minds to avoid paying taxes under the existing law. When needed the corporations hire the most influential lobbyists to affect a change of legislation that relieves it from the tax liability. More often than not the capitalistic corporations’ legislative agenda becomes law.
One more thing: both corporations and organized religion are excelling at marketing their products and services to the public. But you have to admit that organized religion does a much better selling job than say, the military-industrial complex industry.
P.S. Gloria Steinem was described as “A Woman Like No Other“, on the New York Times (March 18, 2012).
© 2012 Mandy Lender MD