Ancient Egyptian Economics: Ma'at Principles

The book Ancient Egyptian Economics by Dr. Muata Ashby puts the concept of Ubunto in context and explains how the West went wrong after abandoning The Principles of Ma'at -- while keeping the outward appearance of an Egyptian society.

The Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, Mount Rushmore were inspired by Egyptian architecture. The dollar bill has a pyramid with the Eye of Horus above it. The eagle, the symbol of the US, was inspired by the ancient African Benu bird, the symbol of the god Ra and rebirth. The name "Paris" means "temple of Isis", the Egyptian goddess. Athens, the capital of Greece, was named for the Egyptian god Aten. The Parthenon is Egyptian architecture.

The full title is ANCIENT EGYPTIAN ECONOMICS Kemetic Wisdom of Saving and Investing in Wealth of Body, Mind, and Soul for Building True Civilization, Prosperity and Spiritual Enlightenment. Dr. Ashby refers to ancient Egyptian economics at "Maatian" because it was based on The Principles of Maat, the Goddess of Truth.

The book points out, "It is important to understand that the Ancient Egyptian Mysteries...are not the same teachings folowed by organizations which in modern times refer to themselves as fraternal orders, lodges, masons, freemasons, illuminati, Odd Fellows, Shriners, new world orders, Satanists, occultists, or psychics."

Dr. Ashby adds: "However, the similarity between Ancient Egyptian culture and the U.S.A. or Western culture ends there, and the disparity is evident in the misuse of religious symbols....The study of Ancient Egyptian economics offers some insights into a workable form of economy that can demonstrate the vast differences between the economic systems and may also present solutions for current problems."

He explains, "According to Ancient Egyptian ethics (Maat philosophy), fundamental economics necessarily means non-stealing and proper distribution of wealth. In order to have sustained prosperity, peace, and security in a country, that country must be based on ethical principles. The Ancient Egyptians called that ethical principle "Maat" --- in Ancient Egypt, the government, as all other areas of society, was under the overall rubric of Maat Philosophy, the Ancient Egyptian theological, philosophical, and ethical framework of spiritual, social, political, and economic institutions....

 

The Ancient Egyptian culture and civilization was the longest-lived and hast the record as the longest perpetual civilization [10,000 years] in human history. One of the reasons for their success is that the culture was founded and governed by an ethical philosophy that discouraged and prevented government excesses and economic frauds, unlike a market economy or fiat currencies that promote fraud, consumerism, boom and bust periods, over-consumption and destruction of the environment....

 

The country was protected by a legal system that was based on the ethical philsophy of "Maat"...Therefore, any violation of Maat was a serious and egregious act that was dealt with forthwith so as to maintain the order of the society.... Enshrined in one of the main documents of Ancient Egyptian duty is the injunction to provide food, shelter, and opportunity for all. So, the favoritism and disparity between the wealthy and the poor that has developed in the so-called capitalist or market economies would be rejected as unjust and inhumane."
 

Ma'at Based on Enlightenment

Dr. Ashby adds: "There are two wings of Ma'at philosophy. One is dedicated to social order as the foundation to a righteous society and the other wing is dedicated toward spiritual enlightenment and you have to have one before you can have the other....

It is interesting that...as of this writing, there are 40 million people in the United States who are on food stamps, who would otherwise be hungry. That is about 20 percent of the population. And that's a disgrace for a country that is supposed to be the most powerful or richest in the world
It's nonsense. This is further shameful due to being a country with a majority that supposedly espouses the principles of Christianity: 'Love thy neighbor as thyself"
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In countries like the USA, the societal philosophy dictates a kind of society where one is made to struggle, supposedly so that one will have an incentive to strive, produce, etc. It is a clever device used as an excuse to withhold resources from people so that others may hoard and benefit from them...people naturally want to strive, especially when they see opportunity to progress, make things better for themselves and people prefer ethical means of doing better if that is available.

Ancient Egyptian culture produced great works in art, architecture, philosophy, religion, law, government, and science without those kinds of negative incentives. How did they achieve that success? They achieved it by createing a balanced and just society tat allows its members to naturally seek for what is beneficial and altruistic while not having to worry about the basic necessities of life. Of course, the entire society had the opportunity to strive for the greatest human achievement possible, nehast, spiritual enlightenment, through the extensive temple system, as opposed to the perishable and ultimately unsatisfying goal of physical riches."