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RE: One big difference

Well, it is a disease. Even the Bible says "The love of money is the root of all evil". If you want some good historical perspective, read the fascinating book by Jack Weatherford, "Indian Givers". Of the four major sea-going powers (England, the Netherlands, Portugal, and Spain), Spain was the "luckiest" where they landed. They plundered enormous quantities of gold from Mexico and South America, doubling or tripling the world's known gold supply.

But to understand how brutal they were about it, just read the first chapter of Howard Zinn's "A People's History of America". It covers Columbus's "discovery" from the point of view of the natives there. They had small amounts of gold, and that was the only thing that Chris wanted. The horrors were unspeakable, and the entire Native population was completely wiped out (total genocide) within 150 years (by 1550). The only reason we know *anything* about these people (the Arawak) is because of one Christian monk sent to convert the natives. He was so horrified by what he saw the Spaniards doing that he took secret notes. That is all that is left of the Arawak today - the secret notes taken by a monk 500 years ago. All else is gone - completely wiped out in a psychopathic lust for gold and power. An entire culture, an entire language, an entire way of life, an entire society. Vanished. All for a few pounds of gold.

You are right - crazy people have lusted after gold for thousands of years.

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