Piers Morgan was interviewing Warren Buffett, his son, & grandson recently. A quote from that interview re Warren’s $33bil of Berkshire Hathaway stock: “it doesn’t do me any good so I might as well give it away. I have everything I need.”
The family members referred to the only interview that Warren’s wife, Susan, had ever done:
Susan: “I fell for him despite his money.”
Susan said she was looking for everything but money. She was after a values alignment.
Susan got money, plenty of it, & Warren has decided after working his whole life accumulating it, that it really isn’t of much ‘real’ value.
His son has just written a book, ’40 Chances’, which is all about how to feed a world full of poverty.
These folks seem very down to earth, compassionate, & loving.
‘Ye cannot serve God & Mammon’: This famous verse continues the discussion of wealth, and makes explicit what was implied in Matthew 6:21: a person cannot pursue both material goods and spiritual well being. The two goals are mutually exclusive. Wikipedia
Is God ‘Love’?
Wikipedia again: “God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.” – 1 John, Chapter 4:13
Do the Buffett’s exemplify this love, this spirit?
I didn’t hear them say anything about religion. I didn’t hear any spiritual discourse but it strikes me that they have a serenity about their purpose that would indicate a spirit of giving throughout their family.
Do we need billions to follow suit? Do we need millions?
Is it possible that whatever we have is more than enough to share, if we have the spirit to do so?
What spiritual approach is required? One of compassion, love.
“God creates this earth and its heaven and all forms of life in six days—The creative acts of each day are described—God creates man, both male and female, in His own image—Man is given dominion over all things and is commanded to multiply and fill the earth.”
Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
I have often wondered whether women could run this planet on a more sustainable basis than us fellows.
We men have predicted a holocaust from biblical times & then been driven to prove out our prophecy, it seems.
The good book is definitely a male dominated document & why not, God gave us dominion.
In those first two quotes it seems that man is either given dominion over all animals or over everything else, including women.
Apparently, a snake wasn’t going to take dominion lying down & conspired with a woman to fool us.
That is probably where misogyny got rolling. The world’s oldest prejudice.
Women provide one of the most sacred services to mankind by giving birth & nurturing us through those formative years. Yes, us men!
Where & when do we decide, that she that gave us birth, is now inferior in some way?
Maybe God was & is a woman & maybe God didn’t say what we say she said.
Would our planet look a lot healthier today?
Would there be a more loving, caring, sacred approach to economics?
“Material economics promotes a consciousness of lack and the need to “get”.
Spiritual economics promotes a consciousness of completeness and the joy of giving.”
The above quote comes from a recent book that I read. What possibly could ‘spiritual’ have to do with ‘economics’?
Nothing, if we don’t ‘see’ any connection.
If enlightenment is some form of conversion, as in ‘the spirit in which we approach life’, then maybe converting from a competitive to a collaborative economy has possibilities. Converting from self interest to sharing might offer similar opportunities.
When our economy & educational systems are based on the former, competition & self interest, how would it be possible to convert to the latter?
We must be open to seeing the results of our actions. In a finite world the implications are potentially catastrophic.
The impact for the next generations might leave little room for error.
Our own physical & psychological health is & will pay a price.
In the spirit of cooperation let’s open up to the idea of a new economic paradigm.