My physical well-being is a direct function of money, so while I was not physically harmed during the interaction, the taking of money from me does harm me. In a court of law, such an action (money taking) is the basis of a tort damages law suit as much as direct physical harm. That is why if you, as a non-Christian company, poison a town with industrial waste, the town's recourse from physical harm is monetary. Our Judeo-Christian derived legal system sees a high degree of interchangeability between money and harm.
It is not "just" money, as any poverty stricken bloke will tell you, especially if he's got children.
My point with the corporation is this: an honest, Christian woman did me monetary harm at the behest of her company; render unto Caesar what is his, eh? This is the feature of our modern age, for those who study their scripture: Wal-Mart is our Caesar. Rome is the mall. And if Caesar sends you a video card, then it was Caesar's to give, as it was Caesar's would take. If you don't get that, I'd rather PM about it.
This is what is often misunderstood about Nietzsche. When Nietzsche said, "God is dead" in the Genealogy of Morals, he did not mean god was literally dead. Nietzsche was a devout Christian in his youth, and prized the categorical imperative above all else, as 5Cheese does. He wrote "God is dead" when he saw that the majority of Christians around him did NOT obey god, and took restocking fees that were morally incorrect, or whatever it was. People saying they were Christian, taking all the protection of Christ, but sinning offensively, living without him in their actions. Wal-Mart does the same thing: they offer a distinctly Christian culture in their products and advertising, and yet they are totally without Christ in their actions and deeds, especially when it comes to MONEY.
What is Caesar's...
Caesar =/= Wall-Mart. Wall-Mart does not foricebly control you, it builds its own empire on laissaiz faire capitalism. Wall-Mart does also not "tax" you as the Roman Empire would. You're getting a product in exchange for a fair price.
A horribly miscalculated metaphor.
Nietzsche obviously was not literal when he said "God is dead", any half-baked, self-proclaimed "philosopher" knows that.
No, his quote:
"""Where has God gone?" he cried. "I shall tell you. We have killed him - you and I. We are his murderers. But how have we done this? How were we able to drink up the sea? Who gave us the sponge to wipe away the entire horizon? What did we do when we unchained the earth from its sun? Whither is it moving now? Whither are we moving now? Away from all suns? Are we not perpetually falling? Backward, sideward, forward, in all directions? Is there any up or down left? Are we not straying as through an infinite nothing? Do we not feel the breath of empty space? Has it not become colder? Is it not more and more night coming on all the time? Must not lanterns be lit in the morning? Do we not hear anything yet of the noise of the gravediggers who are burying God? Do we not smell anything yet of God's decomposition? Gods too decompose. God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. How shall we, murderers of all murderers, console ourselves? That which was the holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet possessed has bled to death under our knives. Who will wipe this blood off us? With what water could we purify ourselves? What festivals of atonement, what sacred games shall we need to invent? Is not the greatness of this deed too great for us? Must we not ourselves become gods simply to be worthy of it? There has never been a greater deed; and whosoever shall be born after us - for the sake of this deed he shall be part of a higher history than all history hitherto."""
Refers to the fall of man and the rise of the Ubermensch, or "god men", hence man begins to negate the idea of God, and Nietzsche sees this as an empirical eventuality (that is essentially now fact).
He wasn't making a moral judgment based on his society, he was speaking of society tasting the fruits of their "murder," and of their newfound societal and "religious" evolution. In many ways, his theory of metaphysical evolution is homologous to Marx's theory of economic revolution/evolution.
In many ways, Nietzsche's existentialist message pangs in one's heart of hearts deeper than any other. Yet, I continue to ask myself how I continue to be Catholic.
If you must know why I can still remain religious, read "The Brothers Karamazov." or "The Power and the Glory"