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Friday, 07 January 2022

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There is a bit more to Jesus' camel comment: The disciples are astonished since they equated wealth with God's blessing. They asked "Who, then, can be saved?" and Jesus replied that "With God, Nothing is impossible".

The take away is that A rich man can't be saved by his own effort, it takes the power of God (and Jesus' sacrifice).

BTW, I highly recommend Sarah Ruden's new translation of the gospels. You really get a feel for Jesus as a person with the wordplay and language.

Regarding trade, this $1.36 million pixel may be its apotheosis:

https://artreview.com/crypto-artist-pak-single-grey-pixel-nft-sold-for-1-36-million-dollars/

But you may be onto something: maybe it's best to regard money as a lubricant for that primal human activity. Like other lubricants, having or using too little or too much can lead to bad outcomes.

One more loophole for your heaven-sent GFX50R : it is said that 'the needle's eye' was the informal name of a small gate to Jerusalem.

In french, we got a saying L'argent ne fait pas le bonheur (money can't buy happiness) but the consensus among poorer people is that it is a rich man's saying. It's easier to be happy when you're not doubting about the existence of your supper.

Thanks for writing! I'm always looking for your new posts.
May you be happy for many years, and preferably with enough GFX50R's! ;op

In questions of wealth, you have to consider what is real wealth. Many so called billionaires would struggle to go to the ATM and withdraw a large sum of cash. They simply don’t have it. All there trappings of wealth, the mansions, yachts, cars, space ships are mortgaged against the perceived value of their shareholdings.

And do stocks and shares have any real value? Are they just illusionary. As one of my favourite school teachers once said, the stock market and the insurance industry are both just upmarket forms of gambling.

"You can’t help the poor by being one of them." - and you certainly don't get rich by actually helping them.

From my lifelong observations it seems that amassing significant wealth is invariably achieved by conmen, swindlers and those with no conscience about being willing to exploit other people. The very last thing they want to do is give it away.

The drive for wealth and material success I see, notably in American Republicans and British Conservatives, always seems to contradict Jesus's teachings, as you mention. I have long wondered how people reconcile the gulf between their own actions with their Christian principles and beliefs.

Pro landscape photographer’s perspective after switching from full-frame to the Fujifilm X system https://www.imaging-resource.com/news/2022/01/06/pro-landscape-photographers-perspective-after-switching-from-ff-to-aps-c

How is it that people ever judge success by anything other than how happy a person is?

I'm packing my house and life up, to move to a different state.

With every box of rarely used possessions I pack, I feel freer. Like a series of weights are being removed from an invisible backpack that I've been wearing for most of my life.

I've distilled my life possessions down to their essence. One camera. One acoustic and one electric guitar. A handful of clothes and two pairs of shoes.

Turns out, I can pack every 'thing' I treasure into a single box. And if I was to lose that box? I'd still have everything - because I'm already happy.

Man...thank you very much!
You found the most spiritually significant justification I was looking for to ease my conscience!

I'm almost done with the very good book, The Dawn of Everything, and one thing the authors make clear, human societies have been surprisingly diverse and complex throughout history (including hunter-gatherer societies).

Material wealth is such a relative thing. In this country I would fit into the bottom 25% of income. Even so, world wide we are probably in the top 10%.
But we folks can waste money just as readily as the more wealthy.

[Yes it's all a matter of scale. --Mike]

Ringo Starr reputedly said "Money can't buy you happiness, but it can buy you a Rolls Royce to ride around in looking for happiness."

So the three guys I saw outside R+D Restaurant on Montana Ave in Santa Monica last night standing beside one's white Rolls SUV (~$350K) were at the right place. R+D reputedly stands for "rich and divorced."

Aside: Contemplation of these topics needs to have a link to a discussion of Maslow's hierarchy of needs. Here's one:
https://www.verywellmind.com/what-is-maslows-hierarchy-of-needs-4136760

Hi Mike,

Passing on some info I read a few years back, relating to money and happiness - similar vein to your post, and a clarification on Nikojorj’s comment.
I couldn’t find the exact article, but this one will suffice:
https://www.thecut.com/2015/01/money-makes-you-less-sad-not-more-happy.html
In short, increasing money / income can help reduce unhappiness, while it won’t increase happiness. Also, this only holds true up to a point - I.e there’s a certain level of income at which a lack of money no longer causes unhappiness. I could probably phrase that better, but am in a bit of a rush.
All the best.

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