Monday, August 10, 2009

Wondrous Wishing 8/10/09

Love ought to be a struggle of desire toward adventures whose nobility will fertilize the soul.

Rebecca West
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St. Paul wrote "The love of money is the root of all evil." George Bernard Shaw wrote "The lack of money is the root of all evil." Both of those remarks mean the same thing. We desire what we lack and need, or what we think we do, and that desire is one kind of love. So what's so evil about it?

Whenever I was booked into a new town, after I was shown my quarters, I had to find 2 things. 1 the nearest ATM and 2 the nearest grocery store. That way my creature comforts would be taken care of and I could start thinking about the job. My real desire was to work on the play I was hired to do and not much else, so I didn't want anything else to get in the way of that, such as running out of coffee.

The desire for money is one of the fundamental facts of our existence. Without money we can't live and prosper. So naturally money is an item on everyone's wish list. The problem, the evil, comes when people stop there. "I want to be wealthy." Okay, Zap! you're wealthy. Now what?

Growing up poor I never developed the middle class man's respect for money. I saw survival happen without any. And since there was no money around to think about, my love went toward a different kind of wealth. Music, art, literature, ideas, people became my investments.

Don't get me wrong, financial security is a great thing and I was glad whenever I had any. But I'm also glad my upbringing allowed me to think beyond that. Some people stop with money. They desire more money and it keeps going until they have more wealth than they can use or deserve.

The really great adventures in life are dangerous, they require risks, not financial risks but personal risks. Exploration, discovery, development of great ideas, romance in its highest sense, creation of joy and beauty, dwelling out on the cusp of human ingenuity and knowledge, learning to understand oneself, gaining wisdom and imparting it, finding and demonstrating man's highest noble capabilities. That's love.

DB -Vagabond Journeys
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Bonnie Bonsai said...

I do so agree. It's comforting to know that someone from a rich and well-privileged country, a country of abundance and waste can talk things as he does now. Welcome to my world of practical philosophy where survival of the fetish exists. I can live with money for reasonable, dignified and decent existence, and I can still survive without. That way, I have nothing to hold back when the right time comes, because there is no wealth I have in stored on earth. Simply because I don't want greedy people to squander what I have endeavoured and I don't want people to squabble for the things they did not endeavour. Besides there is more to life than worshipping the Money. Grasses thrive in all season, so am I.


Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

That is exactly why I plan on stashing only enough to allow me to stop working and take life in a different direction. More than I need is a waste :o)

Beth said...

If I were ever to win the lottery, I think the most fun I'd have would be giving most of it away to various charities, or my university, or other worthy causes. I would love researching the merits of each organization and making a logical decision! Hugs, Beth