Everyone has heard of the Four Horsemen of the Book of Revelations but this is a different set that I am talking about. These are ones that are more common and a lot scarier in some ways.
Now the traditional Four Horsemen are the White Horse for religious deception, the Red Horse for war, the Black Horse for famine and the Pale Horse for pestilence (epidemics and pandemics).
The Four Horsemen that I am talking about are Greed, Power, Influence and Domination. Now these may sound strange but I will explain and break them down for you.
Greed: Everyone has heard the old saying that ‘Money is Power’ – but why is that so true? Why do we have to have money? Why do some have more than others?
There are three basic forms of financial workings that we need to understand. The Classical, Neoclassical and Barter & Trade.
- Barter and trade: is what it sounds like, people working together to get the best for each other with no cash exchanging hands. Basic way it works is that one person has cut too much fire wood but needs a small child’s blanket and another person has a small child’s blanket but needs to get more firewood. They work out a deal and each can help each other.
- The Neoclassical style: This works based on supply and demand. This version works on the fact that a good or service has more value than the initial cost/ input cost. It is a trickle-down effect, and doesn’t’ always consider human nature.
- The Classical style: This works by the government being involved in the process. These are top down, command and control government policies. It worked on the free trade style but not everyone could agree on how it worked.
The most common that is used now is the Neoclassical style of financial workings.
Power: Power is one of the biggest corruptors. The reason is that people with great power often have a large amount of money. Some of these people will use their money and power for the good of people, such as working to help others. Others will choose to use their power for evil. Those are the ones that are a concern. If they have money and power, then they can often ‘buy’ their way out of trouble. The person gets into trouble and they are able to get the best lawyers that money can buy and are able to get away with the crime.
Influence: The most common people that we think of that have great influence are those of high religious rank (The Pope). There are other people that have influence that we may not realize. Those are the politicians, musicians, great scientist, speakers, TV personalities and even the leaders of ‘extremist groups’. If these people have strong personalities, they are able to manipulate others to do what they want. They will often tell the people that they are talking to what they want to hear. If the person is wanting to run for an elected office and have a strong personality, they will tailor what they say to the group that they are speaking to. This way the group that the person is speaking to feels like they understand how they feel.
Domination: When you add all the others items in this post together you get a person who could very easy dominate things in a way that may not be the best. The person would want to dominate every part of the attention around them. If it is a cop on the beat, they could end up going ‘rouge’ or it could be a politician who wants power, total power at any cost. They will say anything to get into power, accept information that may not be true due to the ability to ‘spin’ it, or the endorsement of people that aren’t in it for the same reason. They will say or do the most outlandish things to keep the attention on them. This will include stirring up trouble so the spot light will be on them when they ‘fix’ the issue.
The United States has had problems with some of these for a long period of time but right now we are at a cross road. We have people in elected office and high office position that are not understanding how the people really are. We need to see how several people were manipulated into believing that the people were going to ‘fix’ the country.