re: #82 mmmirele
The kind of Calvinism that still lives on in American thinking is that Wealth is an Outward Sign of Inner Grace: that rich people are more blessed by God because they are more moral.
In an ideal world where your financial success was based entirely on the amount of effort you exerted, that might begin to make some sense.
It is also a throwback to the notion that kings and queens were put there by god to rule over us common sinners and were somehow closer to him.
In any case, it is good camel lubricant to help stuff that mother through the eye of a needle…