Now go to your computors, your research material or whereever you choose and knuckle down and dig in and prove me wrong. I challenge you. Show me the good it has done to this body we call the Earth.
Would that be the same computer that works so well because of the odd gold component?
Like the computor is immune from the infecting debilitating affect of the "virus"?
So far it's had less problems with viruses than I have. Gold's sometimes the last resort to people with dental problems too.
And I think that you are missing our point, William. Gold is not the issue. Greed is the issue - the object of greed could be anything, and the results you blame upon gold would be the same.
And, yes, man is greedy; power cannot be greedy as power has no desire. Man, however, does have desire - greed is a sort of desire.
There is simply no reason to think that gold, apart from any other substance, causes war and bloodshed. We can substitute any desireable and the results are the same. Just look at the Opium Wars, for a modern example.
The issue is not "what good has gold done", but instead "is gold to blame for all you blame upon gold?" and the answer is, clearly, not in the least. We humans will fight over a spoonful of anything, even of precious love (remember Troy, anyone?).
It is the responsibility of any "leader" of a country to protect and guide those who he is responsible to. It is his responsibility to insure any force antagonistic to the "will" of "his people" be dealt with. This is all I can surmise from my limited understanding of what "power" means as we give that to those people who seem to know what is in "our" best interest. Those corruptive influences that would infiltrate the relationship between a country's people and it's leader, if recognize, would be dealt with for it would no doubt usurp honest communication between the leader and "his" people. It is his responsibility to eliminate that which is so corrupting.
Most countries are "ethnic", not only in their heritage but also their faith. There is this oneness that constitutes a synergy to the overall "hamony" of that country albeit separate and distinguished from that synergy and harmony of other countries.
Consider the body. An intact perfect "country" or "universe" or "mechanism". In that harmony that is the body, it has a "defense" system that will always be alarmed when an alien invader makes it's presence known and will fight to eliminate that foreign influence that would cause it harm. It will either destroy it or expell it. The matter of strength of that body will determine how potent it's defense system is. If the body is weak, it's defense system is weak and easy to "infiltrate". Such as cancer. The earlier it is detected the better the chances of defeating it's pervasive influence. Good knowledge and good food along with an undisturbed "mind" will insure the perfect operation of that body.
Now if that "influence" is not detected early, because of it's evasive nature, the more damage it can do the body as it grows and grows and grows until it reaches a malignancy and destroys that perfect operation of that body and the entire body becomes corrupted and suffers because of that alien invasion that gives the alien strength in that ever so weakening body. If it is contagious it spreads to another body and does the same thing to that body, until there arises an epidemic.
Has the Earth reach a point in which it is hopelessly infected. NO! Not yet, but it's getting there at a record pace. The Earth is infected with a virus that is deeply inbedded within it's bowels called "Gold". An extremely tiny organism that when unleashed can cause severe damage to the overall harmony and synergy of the Earth's bodily function.
Gold is the virus that has invaded the body of the Earth and it's influence is reaching a malignancy.
This Earth is corrupted in epidemic proportions from the influence of gold. It has destroyed all manners of civilizatons that have ever depended on it. It's influence is extremely contagious and corruptive and he who utilizes the power of it's influence has also been corrupted. PERIOD.
It's influence has caused million upon millions of premature deaths and is the cause of all the so called deadly sins. It has always been corruptive and corroding in it's illusions of beauty and purity that it, in itself, possesses. It is tempting; it is powerful and it will in the end destroy you. Just like a virus.
To say that all human actions are based on greed