The woman I live with, thinks it is strange that I invite the Jehovah’s Witnesses that come to the front door to come in and visit.
First, one of the Witnesses was a beautiful second generation Ethiopian woman. That is my first motivation. Second, they are good listeners and polite. Third, this is a chance to try out my rhetoric about pro commerce on ordinary people.
Last week the issue came up about whether the world was heading toward Armageddon since 1914. I pointed out what commerce had brought us, since 1820, astounding improvements in health, life span, reduction in birth defects, and pain in general. Much of the improvement has been since 1914. That our levels of comfort with clothes, foods and housing had been dramatically improved; as well as giving us immense amounts of free time and general freedom. They asked if those improvements were due to technology. I said yes, but technology is a by-product of commerce; look at North Korea and Cuba, places without commerce and limited benefits from technology.
Lastly we discussed heaven and biblical promises of paradise. I said that I was living in paradise already. I had almost never suffered pain in my life, had pleasure, joy and excitement nearly every day and most importantly, I had spent my life exploring the world, exploring my self and doing everything that my curiosity drew me to. I have a wonderful loving family and myriad fascinating friends. I have never done work for a day that I didn’t love. I am enjoying the paradise of biblical prophecy. Thanks to commerce.
My visitors left, pretty much nodding in agreement with me.