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And our President’s call to construct and invent 21st Century Socialism has also been accompanied by some guidelines and directives such as that our model must and has to be profoundly Christian, based in the ideas of social justice, of Christ our savior.

I think it is pertinent to quote a passage of the bible that illustrates well what our Lord Jesus thought with respect to the creation and distribution of wealth. It is the known passage of the talents, found in the book of Mathew, chapter 25, verse 14 to 20. Jesus says there, and I quote, “it is just like a man about to go on a journey, who called his own slaves and entrusted his possessions to them. To one he gave five talents, to another, two, and to another, one, each according to his own ability; and he went on his journey. Immediately the one who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and gained five more talents. In the same manner the one who had received the two talents gained two more. But he who received the one talent went away and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. Now after a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them.”

With that, Jesus Christ goes directly against the absolutist concept of property that prevailed during that time and that some seem to still hold, that one can do with their property as they please. This contradicts our Lord Jesus because of the obligation of settling the accounts according to the use of moral, intellectual, and material goods, and the settling of accounts means a harsh punishment. The bible continues by saying, “The one who had received the five talents came up and brought five more talents, saying, ‘Master, you entrusted five talents to me. See, I have gained five more talents.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’ Also the one who had received the two talents came up and said, ‘Master you entrusted two talents to me. See, I have gained two more talents.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’”

To each one he demanded from them according to their ability. To each one according to their talents, to each one according to the goods that he had received. He could not demand the same from the one who had receive five, as from the one who received two. The duties of human beings are not comparable. Our responsibility, although of the same nature, is different for some than for others. From he who has received much, much will be demanded.

In the end, Jesus Christ, condemns hoarding in this passage very clearly and plainly, when Mathew says, and I quote, “And the one also who had received the one talent came up and said, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did no sow and gathering where you scattered no seed. And I was afraid, and went away and hid your talent in the ground. See, you have what is yours.’ But his master answered and said to him ‘You wicked, lazy slave, you knew that I reap where I did not sow and gather where I scattered no seed. Then you ought to have put my money in the bank, and on my arrival I would have received my money back with interest. Therefore, take away the talent from him, and give it to the one who has the ten talents, for to everyone who has shall be given and he will have an abundance; but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away. Throw out the worthless slave into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’”

From who he had given little, he demanded little. But even so, he did not fulfill even a little, to hell with this man. Hell is, in the bible, the inevitable punishment for he who having the possibility, does not produce; for he who has the ability, does not use it, for he who is poor because he has been given little, does not use the little that he has for the good of others.

In order to achieve the goal of creating wealth in a different way from the capitalist model, our socialism must educate the people, as the famous teacher Simon Rodriguez said, I quote “There cannot be a republic without the people.” In order to educate the people, Simon Rodriguez would suggest the implementation of what he called in a visionary manner, social education. Simon Rodriguez affirmed in 1828 the following: I quote, “The customs that form social education produce a public authority. It is not a personal authority but an authority sustained by the will of all. Not the will of only one converted into authority. The authority is formed through education, because to educate is to create will. Authority is developed in customs which are necessary effects of education, and it returns to the education because of the tendency of the effects to reproduce authority. It is a circulation of the spirit of union among partners, as are the blood and the body of each associated individual, but circulation begins through life.”

Our model must break the bad customs of the past, of teaching rights to the people, but not duties. Our socialist model must teach the people what they have to do in order to obtain what they don’t have. Our socialist model must teach the people that things don’t appear magically, but rather you must obtain them through effort and work. That must be the task of true social education that allows the formation of the citizen that we need in order to acquire the potential that this beloved, blessed, and god-protected Venezuelan land is capable of. In that sense the Bolivarian Armed Forces can contribute a lot to the construction of a model since education in the armed institution has always been reversed. We have learned and practiced that our duties are the first priority of importance, and just as is pointed out in our rules, the principal and fundamental duty of every soldier is civic duty, the duty of citizenry; to be a citizen with some very special characteristics, a citizen that is at the service of the rest of the citizenry.

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