Alternate titles for this post: Me Wantee, Gimmee Gimmee Gimmee, or Sucking the Dick of Desire. And yes, this is an angry rant. Don’t expect it to offer any solutions.
“The beauty of enough is that it’s never enough.” ~My journal, about 1990
“Greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right, greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed, in all of its forms; greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge has marked the upward surge of mankind.” ~Wall Street (movie)
Wealth = Trade. By the nature of commerce, wealth is not generated by frugality, but by the movement of money.
I write this during the holiday season, as my wife watches television. Every single commercial is about buying, and not just about buying Christmas presents, but about getting bargains and “power buying.” It would be difficult to imagine something less true to the spirit of the holidays than becoming powerful at commerce. How can anyone describe America as a Christian nation while at the same time gauging the success of the Christmas season on sales?
What do children write in their letters to Santa Claus? “I want…”
How about this: “Dear Santa, I’d like Mommy and Daddy to be out of debt for a change.”
Did we learn nothing at all from Linus Van Pelt?
The source of all life, wealth, purity, clarity, truth, happiness isn’t money or financial success. It is the Earth.
Perfect example: housing “starts” and the growth of housing is often a bellwether of the health of the economy. Meanwhile, there are some communities that have 40% vacancy.
The economies of the world rely on many instruments for success, but the one thing they all need by their nature is growth. If this mimics anything in nature, it’s cancer.