Life emerges from relationship. To care means to be connected. The more we are connected to others, the more we enter into caring relationships with them. The deeper we are connected to the land the more caring our relationship with it becomes. For mature, psychologically well people, care should deepen and broaden over one’s lifetime. Healthy people become more caring and more skilled at caring over the course of their lives.
But then there is mammonism.
Mammonism sublimates everything else to acquisition. Mammonism puts a price on relationships, making them into something other than caring. Mammonism stifles and obstructs the fellowship of natural attachments. The life-giving work of love becomes dead coin. The otherwise living exchange of mutual service and help now consumes what is living in humans and in the world. People ingest commodities that they have purchased without caring about how they were produced to those who produced them. Mammon, mostly in the form of paper money, now contains the entire life of the people we no longer care about. Relationships have been conjured into their opposite. And when this is applied to limited-liability corporations personal care evaporates altogether, where there is no relationship between investors and workers. Corporate shareholding structure promotes the lack of relationship where no one is responsible and directors and shareholders can defer to one another without the slightest obligation to either the workers or those whose lives are impacted by their decisions. Workers are only wage statistics.
Whenever and wherever this happens people worship the god of godlessness.