for one to prosper all must prosper
Star Athbhreith Athbheochan Kwisatz Haderach Druid
"There is no wealth but
life." - John Ruskin
The Miser and the Angel of
A miser had accumulated, by effort, trade and lending,
three hundred thousand dinars.
The tightwad had lands and buildings,
and all kinds of wealth.
The penny-pincher then decided that he would
spend a year in enjoyment,
living comfortably, and then decide as to what
his future should be.
But, almost as soon as he had stopped amassing
the Angel of Death appeared before him, to take his life away.
The miser tried, by every argument
which he could muster,
to dissuade the Angel, who seemed, however, adamant.
Then the man said: 'Grant me but three more days,
and I will give
you one third of my possessions.'
The Angel refused, and pulled again
at the miser's life, tuggging to take it away.
Then the moneygrubber
said: 'If you will only allow me two more days on earth,
I will give you
two hundred thousand dinars from my store.'
But the Angel would not
listen to him.
And the Angel even refused to give the man a solitary
for all his three hundred thousand pieces.
Then the miser
said: 'Please, then, give me just time enough to write one little thing down.'
This time the Angel allowed him this single concession. The tightwad
wrote, with his own blood:
'Man, make use of your life. I could buy not
one hour for three hundred thousand dinars. Make sure that you realize the
value of your time.' - Farid al-Din Attar of Nishapur
Come and listen to my story
about a man named Jed
mountaineer, barely kept his family fed,
And then one day he was
shootin at some food,
And up through the ground come a bubblin crude.
Oil that is, black gold, Texas tea.
Well the first
thing you know ol Jed's a millionaire,
The kinfolk said "Jed move away from
Said "Californy is the place you ought to be"
loaded up the truck and they moved to Beverly
Hills, that is.
Swimmin pools, movie
Jed bought a
mansion, lordy it was swank
Next door neighbor's the president of the
Lotta folks complaining but the banker found no fault
'Cause all Jed's millions, was a-sitting in the vault!
funds. Stocks and bonds.
Well now it's time to say good bye to
Jed and all his kin.
And they would like to thank you folks fer kindly droppin in.
You're all invited back next week to this locality
To have a heapin
helpin of their hospitality
Hillbilly that is. Set a spell, Take
your shoes off.
Y'all come back now, y'hear?
Wealth is defined as: profusion
quality of profuse abundance
the state of
having abundance and/or affluence
ownership of property that has
abundance of valuable material
possessions or resources; riches
goods and resources having value in terms of
exchange or use
energies, faculties, and habits directly contributing to make humans
quantity of possessions; a comparative
abundance of things which are objects of human
in the private sense, all
property which has a monetary value;
in the public sense, all objects,
which have economic utility.
"When wealth is separate from
accumulation but refers to a richness
of relationships, each person's wealth makes everyone wealthier."
"If you look at the
correlates of happiness across the human population, you
learn a few important things. First of
all, wealth is a poor predictor of happiness. Wealth is not a useless
predictor, but it is quite limited.
The first $40,000 or so buys you
almost all of the happiness you can get from wealth. The difference between
earning nothing and earning $20,000 is enormous - that's the difference between
having shelter and food and
being homeless and
Economists have shown that
after basic needs are met, there is not much 'marginal utility' to increased
wealth. In other words, the difference between a guy who makes $15,000 and a
guy who makes $40,000 is much bigger than the difference between the guy who
makes $100,000 and the guy who makes $1,000,000.
religious leaders are a little too quick to say that
money can not buy happiness, and that really
betrays a failure to understand what it is like to
live on the streets with an empty
Money makes a big difference to people who have none. On the
other hand, once basic needs are met, further wealth does not create further
happiness. So the relationship between moneyand happiness is complicated, and
definitely not linear. If it were linear, then
billionaires would be a thousand
times happier than millionaires, who would be a hundred times
happier than professors.
isn't the case. On the other hand, social relationships are a powerful
predictor of happiness- much more so than money is. Happy people have extensive
social networks and good relationships with the people in those networks.
What is interesting to me is that while money is weakly and
complexly correlated with happiness, and
social relationships are strongly and simply correlated with happiness, most
Americans spend most of their time trying to be happy by pursuing wealth.
Individuals and societies
do not have the same fundamental needs.
Individuals want to be happy, and commercialized societies want
individuals to consume. Most Americans do not feel personally responsible
for stoking America's economic engine; Americans feel personally responsible
for increasing their own well-being.
These different goals present a
realdilemma, and commercialized society cunningly
solves it by 'educating' Americans -
consumption brings happiness.
Corporate controlled consumer
society con-vinces Americans that what is good for the economy is good for
This message is delivered to Americans
magazine, television, newspaper, and
at every bus stop,
grocery store, and airport.
finds us in our cars, it's made its way onto our clothing.
learn, is just around the
corner and it requires that we
consume just one more thing. And then
just one thing more after that.
So Americans do, we find out that the
happiness of consumption is thin and
fleeting, and rather than thinking to ourselves, "Gosh, that promise of
happiness by consumption was a lie,"
Americans instead think, "Gosh, I must not have
consumed enough and I probably need just
one small upgrade to my stereo, car, wardrobe, or wife, and then I will be
live in the
shadow of a great lie, and by
the time we figure out that it is a lie we are closing in on
death and have become irrelevant
consumers, and a new generation of young
and relevant consumers takes our place
in the great chain of shopping."
Daniel Gilbert, Director of Harvard's Hedonic Psychology
they're going to be better off if they make more money. What they don't take
into account is that when they come home with more money, all of a sudden they
decide, 'Well, now I need a Lexus.'"- Richard Easterlin
(or working to pay off the debt)
"To a very great extent human history has been the story of
the unequal accumulation of
harvested wealth, shifting from one center of power to another, while always expanding the four great
The first farmers in fertile
regions taught themselves farming and storage methods that created harvests
beyond the needs of the day. Very quickly warriors supported by
religious authority took power gathering
these new abundant harvests largely into their own hands, by means of taxes and
direct seizures. With this division of labor the subjugation of
farmers by warriors and priests was institutionalized,
a subjugation that has never ended. This was the first inequality.
established a general domination
over women and their heirs. These are the second and third inequalities, of men
over women and men over children.
Added to the subjugation of farmers,
women, and the family, was a forth inequality, of
race or group, leading to the subjugation of the most
powerless peoples to
This is history.
Nowhere in history has there ever been a great civilization were the
wealth of the harvests created by all has been equitably distributed.
Power has been exerted wherever it can be, and
each successful coercion has done its part to add to the general inequality,
which has risen in direct proportion to the wealth gathered; for wealth and
power are much the same. The possessors of the wealth in effect buy the
armed power they need to enforce the
growing inequality. And so the cycle continues.
The result has been
that while a small percentage of human beings have lived in a wealth of
food, material comfort, and
learning, those not so lucky have been the functional equivalent of domestic
beasts, in harness to the powerful and well-off, creating their wealth for them
but not benefitting from it themselves.
If you happen to be a young
black farm girl what can you say to the world, or the world to you? You
exist under all four of the great inequalities,
and will live a shortened life of
ignorance, hunger, and fear.
Indeed it only takes one of the great inequalities to create such conditions."
- adapted from Kim Stanley
"The only parental habit that
has a significant effect on the income of offspring is keeping a clean house.
Household cleanliness reflects an overall ability and desire to maintain a
sense of order in a wide range of life activities. This trait is apparently
shared to an extent by the children of good housekeepers, causing them to have
higher incomes as adults." - Tom Hertz, American University
"If you don't have money you are second class." -
"Money is, however, an imaginary value, an artificial creation of human
speculation. It has nothing to do with nature, nothing to do with
organic things; it has no
inner relation to the being of mankind. Money does not make a man
stronger, wiser or nobler; the capability alone, conferred on it by the human
imagination, of possessing, not only buying
power, but - in the form of loan capital - power to
produce interest, has
invested it with an almost supernatural might."
- F. Roederich-Stoltheim (Theodor Fritsch)
The Five Hundred Gold PiecesOne of Junaid's disciple came to him with a purse containing five
hundred gold pieces.
'Have you any more money than this?' asked the
'Yes, I have,' replied the disciple.
'Do you desire more?'
asked the Sufi.
'Yes, I do,' replied the disciple.
'Then you must
keep it, for you are more in need than I; for I have nothing and desire
You have a great deal and still want more.' - Farid al-Din
Attar of Nishapur
American consumer culture
worships material riches. This was not the concept originally forwarded as the
American Dream. Images of dollar bills,
fantasies of wealth and wads of money arouse
feelings of self-sufficiency that result in selfish
and often antisocial
behavior. Money makes it
possible for people to achieve their goals without having to ask friends or
acquaintances for help. Even subtle reminders of money inspires people to be
self-reliant - and to expect such
"Money never made a man happy yet, nor will it. There is nothing in its
nature to produce happiness. The more a man has,
the more he wants. Instead of filling a vacuum, it makes one." -
"Money is easy to make if it is money you want. But
with few exceptions people do not want money. They want luxury and they want
compassion and they want admiration." -
"Very little is more stressful in modern life than the acquisition of
money. Money is a complex signifier in contemporary western culture. It
encompasses the movement of social patterns both towards desire and away from
social survival concerns. In tribal cultures,
survival and desire are linked to community and expulsion is the greatest fear.
In contemporary society, people are separated, while desire and fear are linked
to jobs by way of income. With such stress
attached to money, convincing someone to spend money means the communication to
direct action requires a very strong emotional appeal." - Edward Wilson &
"Woe to those who build iniquity and
violence, and lay deceit as a foundation; for quickly they will be overthrown,
and they will have no peace."(1 Epistle of Enoch 94.6)
"Woe to you, rich, for in your riches you
have trusted; from your riches you will depart, because you have not remembered
the Most High in the days of your riches."(1 Epistle of Enoch 94.8)
Matthew 6:24 "No
one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and compassion the
other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve
God and money." - English Standard
"No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and
compassion the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.
You cannot serve both God and money." -
"No-one can serve two masters. Either he will hate
the one and compassion the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise
the other. You cannot serve both God and money." - New International UK
one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and compassion the
other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot
serve both God and money." - Today's New
"No man can serve two masters; for either he will hate
the one, and compassion the other; or else he will hold to one, and despise the
other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon."
- American Standard
"No one can serve two masters; for either he will
hate the one and compassion the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise
the other. You cannot serve God and wealth." - New American Standard
"You can't worship two gods at once. Loving one god, you'll end up
hating the other. Adoration of one feeds contempt for the other. You can't
worship God and
money both." - The Message
one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and compassion the
other, or he will stand by and be devoted to the one and despise and be against
the other. You cannot serve God and mammon (deceitful riches,
money, possessions, or
materialism.)" - Amplified
"No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and compassion the
other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both
God and money." - New Living
"No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the
one, and compassion the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the
other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon."
- King James
"No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the
one and compassion the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise
the other. You cannot serve God and mammon." - New King James
can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and compassion the
other, or else he will hold to the one and despise the other. Ye cannot serve
God and mammon." - 21st Century King
"You cannot be the slave of two masters! You will like one more
than the other or be more loyal to one than the other. You cannot serve both
God and money." - Contemporary English
"None is able to serve two lords, for either he will hate the
one and compassion the other, or he will hold to the one, and despise the
other; ye are not able to serve God and mammon." - Young's Literal
can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and will compassion the
other, or he will hold to the one and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God
and mammon." - Darby
"No one can
have two bosses. He will hate the one and compassion the other. Or he will
listen to the one and work against the other. You cannot have both God and
riches as your boss at the same time." -
"No one can be a slave of two masters, since either he will
hate one and compassion the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other.
You cannot be slaves of God and of money." - Holman Christian Standard
"No one can serve two masters at the same time. He will hate one of
them and compassion the other. Or he will be faithful to one and dislike the
other. You can't serve God and money at
the same time." - New International Reader's
"No man may serve two
lords, for either he shall hate the one, and compassion the other; either he
shall sustain the one [or he shall sustain the one], and despise the other. Ye
be not able to serve God and riches." -
"No man can work for two masters. He will hate one and
compassion the other. Or he will obey one and despise the other. You cannot
work for both God and
money." - Worldwide
of Mammon requires the profit driven behavior of corporatism. This disease
started when the British Crown granted exclusive rights of trade with India to
the British East India Company,
stock corporation. British East India Company raped India stealing Indian
wealth and impoverishing the Indian people forcing them from their
ancestral village homes to work
plantations carved out of jungle.
which controlled 70% of the world market in oil by 1890. The same
(Exxon, then ExxonMobil) that later
provided the Germans with the ability to synthesize oil from coal and the
formula for tetraethyl lead for aviation fuel. Germany could not have fought
the World War II without these gifts
Oil. You see, the corporatists play both sides in war as profits are to be
made and the worship of Mammon requires substantial profit streams.
A corporation can be
responsible but only if that social responsibility is written into the
Unfortunately the worshipers of Mammon shun
investment in socially responsible corporations. The people of Earth and the
Earth itself are being consumed by a concept in the form of a legal construct -
the corporation. The people of Earth must throw off the shackles of ingrained
conditioned parochial thinking and come up with socially responsible ways of
caring for ourselves that does not rely on the psychopathological methods of
externalization of costs employed by the corporatists.
After all the
psychopathological reality of the corporation is impoverishing the vast
majority of the peoples of Earth and is killing vast quantities of life on
Earth in the sixth great extinction.
"If ye compassion wealth better than liberty, the
tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home
from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick
the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may
posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams
"Money changes people's motivations. They are
less focused on other people.
In this sense, money can be a barrier to
social intimacy." - Nicole Mead
distribution of wealth
"Industry took to its conclusion
the separation from nature that started on the
psychological level with symbolic culture and was
projected onto the land with
agriculture. Whereas these earlier developments reduced reality to object,
industry turned object into commodity, time
into money, and human being into consumer. "Ultimately there is only one
question left to ask:
Everything in the world
is being converted into money. The conversion of all forms of wealth - social,
cultural, spiritual and natural - into money violates our sense of beauty,
rightness, and purpose. It has made the world uglier. Just as the conversion of
the world to money makes less of the world, so does the conversion of life to
money make less of life.
Leibnitz' merciless phrase, "Time is money,"
encapsulates a profound reduction
of everything into money - totally
enslaving the human spirit. We have even sold
off authentic human relationship. The more common wealth we convert to money
the more of our lives falls into the dichotomous realm of mine or yours and the
less common ground there is to share life and develop unguarded relationships.
The conversion of life to money reduces everything
to an economic transaction, leaving us the loneliest people ever to inhabit
the earth. The conversion of everything into money is
Anything you learn to do for yourself or for other
people, without paying for it; any utilization of recycled or discarded
materials; anything you make instead of buy, give instead of sell; any new
skill or new song or new art you teach yourself or another, will reduce
the dominion of money. " -
adapted from Charles
money be distributed?
What if we look at the money
question from its global perspective,
and we try to solve the whole economic problem in order to solve, once and for
all, the problem of money?
Suppose we subordinate moral and individual
problems to the collective problem, to
the total economic system. If
a man is a thief, it is not his fault; his economic conditions were such that
he could be nothing else. If we accept this excuse on behalf of a poor person,
we must accept it for everyone. Both the investment banker who exploits workers
and the smuggler who plays the black market are also involved in impersonal
economic conditions which leave them no options.
As soon as we accept
the supremacy of global concerns and of the
system, as soon as we agree that material
conditions remove our freedom to choose, we absolve all individuals of all
responsibility for their use of money. Seen in this light, how can
capitalism be more valid
than communism, or communism than capitalism?
The same error lies
at the heart of both: the flight from responsibility and the pursuit of an
alibi. When I want to talk about money, everyone hands me his system. "If there
is a money problem, it is because the economic system is unsound."
we need to do to solve the money problem is to change the economic system. This
amounts to predicting that man will become just and good, that he will know
exactly what to do with his money, that he will no longer covet his neighbor's
possessions, that he will no longer steal, that he will give up bribing women
and public officials, that he will not be corrupted by his own material good
fortune, that he will sympathize with the needy, that he will neither hoard his
money nor waste it, that he will no longer dream of "upward mobility," that he
will not use his accumulated wealth to gain power in society, that he will not
use his money to humiliate others.
solve the problem of money through the total economic system is both an error
and an act of cowardice. It is an error precisely because it refuses to
consider the human element in the problem. It is posited on the strict
neutrality of human nature, as if human
passion and evil were not factors in the problem of money and would not always
exist - as if capitalism or communism could be built in the abstract without
taking human nature into account.
Adam Smith's idea of the harmony between
private and public interests is perfectly valid. It requires us, however, to
consider human nature in the abstract.
If human nature is neutral (no need to require it to be good), then
private and public
interests agree. I accept that. But human nature is not neutral. And now,
because people lust after money,
capitalism is turning into a machine for
oppressing, enslaving and hardening individuals.
There is no
theoretical reason for capitalism not to produce an
excellent structure. (Capitalism's goals, as spelled out theoretically, are
admirable. ) The problem is that, to the extent that
human nature cannot be changed, this
admirable structure will come to a miserable end because individuals will use
it, not in high-minded
scientific objectivity, but
in a passionate pursuit of
Capitialism becomes corporitism which must therefore
enslave people, bind them with all
possible political and psychological
constraints - through police,
work, propaganda, fear - to prevent them from
giving free rein to their wicked lust for
In the end, it might be possible
for a dictatorship - one that lasted for a very long time - to crush the human
spirit completely. It is not unthinkable that
after three, four, ten generations of totalitarianism, individuals may indeed
be so crushed that they will have no more interest in money, no more passion of
any sort; they will simply conform to the model the syndicate of the soulless
has set for them.
If the problem of money is eventually solved, it
will have nothing to do with the excellence of the new economic regime;
it will instead be a result of a dictatorship which
finally breaks the human spirit." - Jacques Ellul
personal wealth through theft
"He who has a purse full of gold has a place in
the light of men's eyes. Neil Kadisha was listed on the Forbes
400 list in 2001.
As the goldsmith's son put it: 'The noble is the
man who has gold nobles.'"
Over an eight year span Neil Kadisha raided the trust
funds of Dafna Uzyel, a widowed 'family friend'.
Luckily for Neil
Kadisha he was able to transform a $6.2
million trust fund into over $900 million as a director of Qualcomm Inc.
Neil Kadisha was ordered to pay Dafna Uzyel $100 million in a civil
trial that ended after 4 years in January 2007.
"Kadisha was no more
than a common thief in his monumental takings of money for his use and
benefit." - presiding Superior Court judge Henry W. Shatford
Shatford found that Neil Kadisha had looted the trust funds covering his tracks
with backdated records, fraudulent accounting and phony transactions. The
$300,000 'borrowed' from Dafna Uzyel that Neil Kadisha loaned Qualcomm Inc. in
1988 allowed Qualcomm Inc. to make Neil Kadisha a wealthy man before the
inappropriately labeled dot-com crash of 2000.
Nearly all the
individuals that are extremely wealthy started out with investable capital.
Sometimes it was not their own as in the case of Neil
It takes money to make money.
And then there was Bernie
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