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142 dust from the city of God

 

"He fingered the illustrated texts of rare Bibles of the Middle Ages as if to pick up dust from the City of God.  He felt if there was something more than he knew, it lay in the past rather than in the present" (142).

J.P Morgan a was  man with tremendous power.  He was a member of the Episcopal Church and by 1890 one of its most influential leaders of the church. He portrayed a man in a society in which fundamental question of legal and economic equality was left unaddressed.  He had projected himself ahead of the world's value system. 

"The Panic of 1907 was a financial crisis that almost crippled the American economy.  Major NY banks were on the verge of bankruptcy and there was no mechanism to rescue them until Morgan stepped in personally and took charge resolving the crisis". 

He had saved many industries from failing, and revived America.  He looked himself as godly, which showed in his conversation of his trip to Egypt with Henry Ford.  He asks Ford why they should not satisfy themselves of the truth of who they are and the eternal beneficent force which they incarnate. "When the Western Roman Empire was starting to disintegrate Augustine developed the concept of church as a spiritual 'City of God'. The dust from the City of God that he picked up with his fingers represented his view of himself.  

 

Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._P._Morgan#Early_years
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/a6/JP_Morgan.jpg/240px-JP_Morgan.jpg
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panic_of_1907
Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow

Last Updated on Sunday, 18 September 2011 16:24  

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