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Chapter 62 - On the justified protection of property.

62,1. (The Lord:) “You are using of course here your poverty and the poverty of many other people as a shield and you wish that you yourself could extract sufficient rights from the divine laws protecting property to allow you in your hunger and thirst in a pressing emergency, to satisfy your needs without contravening these laws. I can tell you from a most reliable source, that Jehovah, when proclaiming His laws to the Israelites through Moses, closely considered this need and impressed on them to regard this also as a formal law, saying: ‘You should not prevent the donkey working on your field from eating the plants and the mouth of the ox pulling the plough should not be muzzled! However, when you carry the bound sheaves into your barn, do not gather up the ears which have dropped but allow the poor to collect them for their own needs!’ Everyone should always be ready to help a poor man and if he says: ‘I am hungry!’, do not let him leave until he is fed!’ Look, this is also one of Jehovah’s laws and I think it also gave sufficient consideration to poverty {Deut.24,19; Matt.5,42; Luke.8,30}

62,2. The fact that not every person born on this earth can or will become a property owner, is obvious from the nature of things. The first few people could of course easily divide the ownership of land amongst themselves as at that stage were no owners anywhere on earth. Now, however, the earth, especially the fertile land, is inhabited by an almost countless number of people, and among these are families who have worked the land with the sweat of their brows for many years and have cleared and fertilized it even if their lives were endangered. One can not simply dispute the ownership of their land, their rights must rather be strongly protected for the sake of the common good, so that no land is taken away from those who have blessed it by their industry. After all, they do not own it only for themselves, but for the benefit of a hundred other people who have to work on the land all year and who are unable themselves to own any land.

62,3. Someone who owns a large parcel of land must have many servants who, like the owner himself, live off the same land. Would it be good for the servants, if each of them were to be given an equally large piece of land? Could one man work it properly?! Fine, if he could do it for some time, but what happens if he should become ill or frail? Is it not preferable by far and much more sensible that only a few men should be landowners, build store rooms and keep stock, rather than that everyone, yes even the newborn, should simply be individual land owners? With a system like that, it is certain that in the end nobody would have any supplies for an emergency!

62,4. Furthermore, I ask your mathematical mind: If there were no property protection laws in society, I would like to see your face if others came along who were work-shy and took away your own meagre supplies to feed themselves?! Would you not call out to them: ‘Why have you not worked and made your harvest?!’ If they were to answer you: ‘Because we did not feel like it and we knew for certain that our neighbours were hard at work!’, would you not regard a law to protect property as highly desirable and wish that criminals like them could be punished by some court or other to force them finally into service or work? Would you not also wish for the stolen supplies to be returned to you? You see, all of this is also demanded by mankind’s pure common sense!

62,5. If you then really regard your mathematical principles as the best in the world, walk from here to the east for a distance of a thousand fields and there you will still find acres of entirely ownerless land in high mountains over a wide area! There you can immediately and without hindrance take possession of a tract of land many hours walk in all directions and your ownership will not be disputed. You may even take a few women and some servants with you to establish a proper new state formally in this somewhat remote mountainous region. No man will disturb you in your property in a thousand years and you will only be obliged to rid yourself of a few bears, wolves and hyenas, to ensure your sleep was not interrupted. Adopting this method, you would at least experience at first hand the considerable difficulties with which the owners of these lands here had to cope until this land was finally brought to the current level of cultivation! If you were to try all this yourself, you would then also appreciate how unfair it would be to dispossess the original landowners and hand their land over to some lazy, work-shy crooks.

62,6. Look here, because you are not a particular friend of work and even less of asking before you take possession, the old property protection laws were always an embarrassment to you. You therefore took the law into your own hands whenever you could take something without being seen and without being punished! You did buy the two acre field including the hut but that was also with money which you did not earn by working, as you acquired it from a rich merchant in Sparta in a very clever manner! Now, there was a time in Sparta when stealing was allowed if it was carried out in a crafty way; but nowadays Sparta has also had for many years the same property protection laws as we have here. You completely unlawfully stole from this merchant, relieving him of a few pounds of gold. You fled with that money and bought yourself the field with its hut; but everything else that you owned, you stole in Caesarea Philippi and the surrounding neighbourhood!

62,7. Woe to anyone, however, who dared to take something from you; you would belabour him with the same property protection laws, which you find so distasteful, in a manner which would surely not disgrace a Roman bailiff! Or would it have pleased you if someone had harvested the ripe produce from your land, just because he was completely destitute?! Whatever would not be acceptable to you would also not be justifiable to someone else, if you were to plunder his harvest with your mathematically true and correct principles covering life and upbringing! However, if the matter can in practical terms only be judged as I have just described it to you, do you still regard your life’s principles as the only true and indisputably correct ones?”

62,8. Zorel is very taken aback as he sees himself completely outflanked and defeated.

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