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Re: The Wisdom of the Books of the Bible
« on: June 06, 2018, 10:56:00 pm »
Eddie said:
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America doesn't have poor people. We have people who are waiting on the Lotto to make them rich.

I resemble that remark. I may have a small pension that keeps my wife and I just above the poverty level in our 980 sq.' manufactured home, being reasonably independent and decently clothed and fed due to the frugality my wife and I practice, but nobody would call us middlle class or above. Yes, that isn't the "poor" destitution that often motivates people to go out and steal out of desperation, but it is still technically "poor".

I ain't waitin' fer da lotto. We don't even play it. We are not the only poor Americans with principles, Eddie.

This is my guiding principle/prayer:


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Two things have I required of thee; deny me them not before I die:

Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me:

Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the Lord? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.  - Proverbs 30: 7-9

We are poor but we are not greedy.

No, you're not greedy. You too, are being noble. Well done.

I was referring to the vast numbers of anonymous other people out there who outnumber you a zillion to one, who ARE.  They're out there.

Not all, no. Certainly not. Lots of frugal good people who are that way for ethical reasons.. But not big numbers in the overall scheme of things.


True, those of us who take morality seriously are always pretty much in the minority. Thanks for the compliment, but I prefer to label my behavior as just being practical. As somebody said in an old movie, "A man's gotta know his own limitations." I have learned mine pretty well. ;)

I really do believe that money above a certain threshold is counterproductive to happiness, makes one overly territorial of the stuff one accumulates (i.e. loves them more than friends or family = idolatry) and leads to unrestrained greed = unhappiness.

IOW, it's not just a religious thing for me. I've seen enough people in my family become morally depraved after becoming stock market millionaires to accept the very real possibility that I would have been morally ruined too. There, but for the grace of God, go I.
Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate:
For the Lord will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them. Pr. 22:22-23

 

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