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
Wealth is defined
A great amount; a profusion.
Property that has
The quality of profuse
The state of being rich; affluence.
An abundance of
goods and resources having value
in terms of exchange or use.
Large quantity of possessions; a
comparative abundance of things which are
objects of human desire.
Economics; in the
sense, all property which has a money
value; in the public sense,
all objects, especially material objects, which have
energies, faculties, and habits directly contributing
to make humans industrially
"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
across the human
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.
difference between earning nothing and earning $20,000 is enormous -
the difference between having shelter and
food and being
homeless and hungry.
Economists have shown that after
basic needs are met,
there is not much 'marginal utility' to increased
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.
philosophers, and 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.
relationship between money
happiness is complicated, and definitely not
If it were linear,
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
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
societies do not have the same
Individuals want to be
societies want individuals to
Most Americans do not
feel personally responsible for stoking America's
Americans feel personally responsible for increasing
their own well-being.
These different goals present a realdilemma, and
society cunningly solves
it by 'educating' Americans - consumption brings happiness.
Corporate controlled consumer society
convinces Americans that what is good for the
economy is good for us
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.
is just around the
and it requires that we
consume just one more thing.
then just one thing more after that.
So Americans do,
we find out that the
happiness of consumption is thin and fleeting,
rather than thinking to ourselves,
"Gosh, that promise of
happiness by consumption was a
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 happy."
Americans live in the
shadow of a great
and by the time we figure out that it is a
lie we are closing in on
and have become irrelevant
and a new generation of
young and relevant consumers
place in the great chain of shopping."
Daniel Gilbert, professor of psychology at Harvard University and Director of
Harvards Hedonic Psychology Laboratory.
"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.
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
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 Robinson
"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
"Money is the god of our times and Rothschild is
his profit." -
"If you don't have money you are second class." -
The Five Hundred Gold Pieces
One of Junaid's
disciple came to him with a purse containing five hundred gold pieces.
'Have you any more money than this?' asked the Sufi.
'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 nothing. You have a great deal and still want
more.' - Farid al-Din Attar of Nishapur
"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 &
"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.
these earlier developments reduced reality to
object, industry turned
object into commodity, time into money, and human being into
Everything in the world
is being converted into money.
The conversion of all forms of wealth -
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 (Time is money!)
make less of life.
Leibnitz' merciless phrase,
"Time is money," encapsulates a profound reduction
of everything into money - totally enslaving the human
We have even sold off authentic
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 unsustainable.
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
think 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
"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)
"Ultimately there is only one question left to ask:
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
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
All we need to do to solve the money problem is to change the
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.
As theory, 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
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 power.
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 money.
In the end, it might be possible for a dictatorship -
one that lasted for a very long time - to crush the human spirit
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 1984
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)
Although most Americans would deny that
worships wealth, aka money or material
riches, actions speak louder than words and the
truth is that the American
Dream is not what it once was.
"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." - Benjamin Franklin
Images of dollar
bills, fantasies of wealth and wads of money
arouse feelings of
self-sufficiency that result in
selfish and often
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
behavior from others.
"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
"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 love and they want
Matthew 6:24 "No one
can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or
he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and
money." - English Standard
one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or
he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God
and money." - New International
"No-one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the
other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve
both God and money." - New International
"No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love
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 love 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 love 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 love 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.)" -
"No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love
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 love the other; or else he will
hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and
mammon." - King James
can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or
else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God
and mammon." - New King James
"No man can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love
the other, or else he will hold to the one and despise the other. Ye cannot
serve God and mammon." - 21st Century
"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
"None is able to serve two lords, for either he will
hate the one and love 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 love 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 love 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 love 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 love 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
"No man may serve two lords, for either he shall
hate the one, and love 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." - Wycliff
"No man can
work for two masters. He will hate one and love the other. Or he will obey one
and despise the other. You cannot work for both
God and money." - Worldwide English
"If ye love 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 AdamsThe
worship 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, a joint 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.
Standard Oil, which controlled 70% of the world market in oil by 1890. The same
Standard Oil (Exxon now 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 WWII without these gifts from
Standard 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 socially responsible but only if that social
responsibility is written into the corporate charter.
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
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
personal wealth through theft
"He who has a purse full of gold has a place like
the light of men's eyes. Neil
Kadisha was listed on the Forbes 400 list in 2001.
As the goldsmith's son so well put it: 'The noble
is the man who has gold nobles.'"
- Saadi of Shiraz
Over an eight year
span Neil Kadisha raided the trust funds of Dafna Uzyel, a widowed family
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
Henry W. 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 Kadisha.
It takes money to make money.
And then there was Bernie Madoff.
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