I know I am, personally. I really want to thank all of you for joining us. Our theme for this week is " Money and the meaning of life". Our guest today wrote that, " we as humans are uniquely beings of two natures.
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Start your review of Money and the Meaning of Life Write a review Shelves: bfw-reading While this book has some valuable concepts contained within it, the writing itself is so poor I found it challenging to follow. This would perhaps have been more enjoyable in a concise 70 pages than it was in I rarely re-read books - this is one that I will. Dec 14, Alfredo Sevilla rated it liked it Philosophical? But compelling storytelling.
Start with chapter 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 the same message as What is God? When monks try to completely repress these lower things in their lives, they come back with a vengeance as the Catholic Church, "rejecting" money, actually acquired vast wealth. The rejection of sex had similar results. The Protestant church, in trying to correct the hypocrisy of the Catholic church, actually made a kind of religion out of acquiring wealth, as Max Weber pointed out.
That is another kind of error. What we need to do with money and these other "lower" things is not neglect or ignore them, but put them to the service of our higher task of knowing God. Needleman follows the teachings of Gurdjieff, so his way of knowing God is quite specific and practical though not easy.
But that first part of the book was definitely worth it for me. The general idea was that one should find a balance between the obsession with money as an ideal it was kinda funny that he used Trump as an example of this [being the pre-politics version as that was when this was written] and the total disregard of cash of the hippies. It has pretty generic arguments and a weak section of Socratic dialogue with the author as the wise sage.
Jacob Needleman: Money and the Meaning of Life
Money and the Meaning of Life