…two representations of wealth….

•April 29, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Two contrasting representations of wealth.

In the biblical context, the followers of Mammon, the “god” (or demon) of wealth, only leads to enslavement, misery and downfall. In the Chinese context however, the god of wealth, Cai-Shen (财神) is highly venerated and worshipped by the common people.

So can money buy happiness? Is the path to spiritual enlightenment not conciliable with wealth accumulation or material gain? There is of course no one-size-fits all answer to this. It really depends on the context and varies on a case-by-case basis.

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…a confession as first introduction….

•April 15, 2008 • Leave a Comment

“We were all then convinced that it was necessary for us to speak, write, and print as quickly as possible and as much as possible, and that it was all wanted for the good of humanity. And thousands of us, contradicting and abusing one another, all printed and wrote – teaching others. And without noticing that we knew nothing, and that to the simplest of life’s questions: What is good and what is evil? We did not know how to reply, we all talked at the same time, not listening to one another, sometimes seconding and praising one another in order to be seconded and praised in turn, sometimes getting angry with one another – just as in a lunatic asylum.”

:::::: A Confession by Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy, 1882 ::::::