During this introspective process, let's consider the planet that wealth came from, and whether or not we humans are actually paying back the planet for those resources hoarded by rich or wasted by consumers. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer because the poor work for them and buy their stuff; but since civilization (city based societies) began, humans have built walls, physically, politically and economically, to avoid our responsibility to the future of the place that spawned us.

What Notre Dame really shows is how the privileged use God (the ultimate aristocrat) to extract fealty and resources from anyone below them: bullies and authorities all the way down to the peasants digging bat guano out of dank caves so they can have another day of service to the systems pounding them into dust.

It isn't that the wealthy are so wealthy; it's that the resources created by human beings' labors are always going in the wrong direction.

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