Den Of Thieves
The pyramidal structure has been used to illustrate the physical, psychological and economical aspect of our society.
It demonstrates the gross inequality in our society where only a few people will ever reach the pinnacle of society while the majority will always remain at the bottom in poverty or struggling to survive.
According to the Global Pyramid of wealth distribution 2014, less than 2000 people are billionaires while over seventeen million are millionaires. The rest of the world population are the poor and middle class.
Read more on the uses of the pyramids
Robbing the poor to finance the wealthy
Charles Ponzi developed the Ponzi Scheme in 1919, and he used the pyramid method.
This scheme solicits money from investors who would gain a high rate of interest.
But, the money is not invested in stocks, bonds or any other legal entities. Instead, it is recycled from new investors to pay interest to old investors.
Hence, more and more people must be recruited in the group to pay benefits.
I was a victim of three Ponzi schemes in Jamaica a few years ago and I lost thousands of dollars when the government clamped down on these greedy owners.
Note also that people such as myself at the bottom who were investing in these schemes were also greedy because we have been attracted to the high rates of return and quick riches.
Many Christians were victims of these schemes, and some were even major investors.
Although the government in most countries have clamped down on these schemes, I believe many of them are still thriving.
The Federal government has also identified groups of companies that are selling products by recruiting people in various countries to sell their products are also using pyramid and Ponzi Scheme. (website).
Many of these so-called megachurches and ministries whose primary focus is prosperity through sowing seeds (money) into their ministry to obtain financial blessings and miracles are practicing a type of ‘Ponzi Scheme’.
Even lottery and other forms of gambling are types of the pyramid scheme because thousands of people will purchase a lottery ticket, but only one or very few people will win the prize.
The majority of individuals including Christians are located at the base of the pyramid of Maslow’s theory because they are only concern with meeting their basic needs to survive.
However, the small group of people who are at the top of the pyramid has attained self-fulfillment.
They have achieved a higher level of achievements and education, so they are in a high-income group in society. They have the resources to gain power and make laws.
This group can institute laws regarding the freedom, health, finances, and well-being of the people at the base.
Do you trust the group at the apex of the pyramid to determine your future?
Most people at the base of the pyramid do not care who has the power as long as their basic needs are fulfilled.
Their mind has become dull and blighted similar to a dog who is broke. They have lost their zeal because of the cares and stress of this world.
Many people are working two or three jobs, but they cannot make ends meet because the money that they make seems to disappear into a bag with holes.
Small business owners are fighting to survive because the mega marts and super stores overpower their business.
Some of these small entrepreneurs have become slaves to their business with little time to note the things that are happening around them.
The younger generation has become consumed with the internet technology, social media and the many apps that evolve every day.
Many of our youths especially the males have become obsessed with drugs, illicit sex, crime, and violence; while the government coerced many of them into the army to fight wars.
The young people under thirty especially the males at the bottom of the pyramid are dying rapidly.
Can we put an end to this problem?
I believe we can but we must first educate ourselves and receive God’s wisdom and knowledge.