Saturday, August 24, 2013

All You Need Is Less

You should be practical about money. That necessarily means that you should not be obsessed with money, as most Americans are. Practicality always exits when obsession joins the party.
And the venal duplicity of commercialism that inevitably taints the atmosphere insures that nobody left at the party is going to be too happy.
Buddhist thinkers and stoics share a disdainful sense of perspective about wealth.
“The only wealth which you will keep forever is the wealth you have given away,” said Marcus Aurelius who, as Roman emperor, knew something about great wealth.
“The reason we have poverty is that we have no imagination,” wrote the Zen thinker Alan Watts. “There are a great many people accumulating what they think is vast wealth, but it’s only money... they don’t know how to enjoy it, because they have no imagination.”

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