i&I appreciate your thoughtful writings and most of all your sincere quest for Truth. i&I nah have all the answers - far from it. But i&I been trodding in dis ere Babylon and seeking Truth for many years, so therefore, i&I learned a few things that i didn't know when i was younger.
First of all, JAH provides EVERYTHING to us. Everything. The notion that governments, companies, organizations, political leaders, money or certain economic philosophies provide these things is Babylon System's lie and illusion. All fruit is from the earth. All works of minds and hands are possible because JAH creates and animates those minds and hands. All energy comes from JAH. Babylon loves to take credit for JAH's Creations and precious gifts, and to deceive us into believing the we owe those precious gifts to the machinations of the Babylon System. This is, of course, the ultimate deception.
How do we address the tangible needs that you identify? When you ask "What is really the alternative to babylon?", you've hit on something critical to RastafarI: We're stuck down here trodding through the wickedness of Babylon and we dread it. But we are tasked by His Majesty to OCCUPY this place in Babylon until our time comes to be delivered to Zion. While we occupy, we put our vision to reality to address the very needs you mention - we feed the poor, nurse the sick, and care for the aged. We do these things with our own hands.[Think about it: The Babylon System does none of these things. It is simply a blood-sucking parasite that uses YouMan beings as slaves to do them then takes credit for them.]
Some of us work for Babylon money because it's needed to purchase things through Babylon's money system; but we never covet money, try to lay up vast amounts of it to the detriment of our brethren and sistren, or adore it (let alone worship it) above His Majesty. Most of all, whatever work we engage in we do it righteously without compromising our RastafarI principles. We always give thanks unto JAH and maintain foremost in our consciousnesses that it is JAH that provides everything to us; not the devil or his Babylon System. The devil is a poser, parasite and deceiver who creates nothing save misconceptions, suffering and death.
Finally, never underestimate His Majesty's willingness and ability to intervene directly in our own lives and the lives of those around us to alleviate all manner of suffering, and to provide for every type of need. We are His Itren and His Most Important charge. He NEVER ignores us and He ALWAYS listens to what we pray to H.I.M.
The foregoing are Truths that i have witnessed and verified in reality right here in Babylon over and over again throughout my life. We need to put aside our dependence on organizations, and seek JAH and His Righteousness right inside of ourselves. We are not going to change Babylon into something righteous using Babylon's tools. Only JAH can effect that change. If we start organizations, and engage in all that goes with such undertakings, we'll just end up in the same corruption that we almost invariably find in large organizations. (I've seen small groups of 5 or 10 people accomplish remarkable things, but once they go beyond that they almost invariably start to become corrupted.)
This is probably why we find that early Christian church worship groups rarely grew beyond about 15 or 20 people (e.g., some people say that His Majesty chose 12 disciples because that was the optimum size of a spiritual action group). You get an action group much larger than that and pretty soon you're fighting against the "top rankin'" mentality and you're distracted from your primary mission.
Peace be with you, brother Ras Fidel. Please continue to share your thoughts.
We are One People, One Spirit, One Heart, One Flesh, One Love
JAH RastafarI !