These excerpts are extracted from Jacob Needleman’s book, Money and the Meaning of Life, New York: Currency Doubleday, , Chapters 13, 14 & Amit (Host): Today, our guest is none other than Jacob Needleman, someone who really embodies today’s theme and hopefully we’ll be able to. Called Money and the Meaning of Life, the author is Jacob Needleman, a professor of philosophy at San Francisco State University.
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Paperbackpages. Money is a brilliant and ingenious invention which has helped people materially. Meaniny 17, Susan rated it did not like it Shelves: Money is another major conundrum in my life, so I thought I would have a look at this book, which actually, in an odd way, has much jacon same message as What is God?
Like you are in debt to your family to be good. It always comes down to people problems. How many times have we not actually experienced that money factors overwhelm considerations of love and friendship, trust, good faith, artistic integrity, mercy, justice, truth? In the great monastic communities of the Christians it was called tears and sorrow.
In that way, money is a tremendously good thing. The original founding fathers focused more on government of negative constraints.
The ideals of the inner world may remain in the form of religious doctrine, in the thought alone or in the emotions alone or in the automatized ritual patterns of movement and behavior, which are no longer understood. What does it mean that against the forces of money, our inner values are almost always so weak and insubstantial? I was particularly struck by nsedleman teachings of a man named Gurdjieff, who spoke about this kind of thing and seem to offer ways and help to neeedleman people that could make one more open to it.
What you bring forth from your own guts and heart. It’s not going to have final institutionalized freedom. You want to have a huge surplus so you are never in debt.
Everything moves—and it moves either upward or downward, inward or outward. I try to use the same lens. In Conversation with Lobsang Phuntsok.
Others have no problem asking for money, but they’re not the ones usually engaged in writing the spiritual or philosophical books! Then nedleman be mfaning can turn your attention to a little bit more toward money which is very hard to see calmly and dispassionately.
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You have also written about the traditional forms of communal life that made people have the vivid experiences with the inner world. And in a way what we are asking and what you ask is the age old question.
Every impulse, every perception within ourselves is related to the money factor—or, to be more exact, the principle of personal gain.
More linked with success or more separate from it? You need to see if there is any wisdom out there beyond the calculus of just getting and spending. It was never spoken about in certain ways clearly and honestly until recently and still is very difficult.
What I am speaking spiritually here, is unconditioned love toward myself.
If we begin to see in ourselves what money really means to us, what really it is doing to us and what it can do for us. Are you the same Jacob Needleman who wrote “Lost Christianity”?
We need to have protection. Politics is a system of developing conversations and listening.
But if we just maximize liberty and don’t take into account the fallen nature of human being, the undeveloped nature of human beings, if we truly are idealistic about that then we are asking for more trouble. Open Preview See a Problem? A little bit too personal.
Our outer activity is becoming more complex, more power oriented, more things we can do and explosion of so called external power over the world, over material things, over nature and diminished sense of what we are.
I put all of my tremendous household goods into storage. Almost one half of our nature, the life of outer action, of family, of annd, of comfort, of moneg, of action, of creativity in the world and the other nature is rather different.
Maning you are peeling back that layer, you are doing that self honesty. Dawne rated it it was amazing Nov 03, It is impossible to achieve by turning to religious ideas or to love or to art or the pursuit of knowledge. Remembering the true self is not an act of the mind or the emotions or the physical body. The patterns of living that once nourished these subtler aspects of human relationships have been regarded as oppressive or outdated, while new communal forms that could support the full range of possible inner experiences have not yet been created and disseminated by men and women of vision.
Also, the dualism he expresses, compartmentalizing life into “higher” and “lower,” I find somewhat bothersome.