Tag: greed

Envy: Sickness of the Soul

 

It’s easy to fall into a pattern of despising and denigrating the Left: its destructiveness, its deceptiveness, and its ugliness. Over time I’ve discovered that holding on to that assessment about them has negative consequences for me; it erodes my confidence about the potential to make headway against them, and it creates a darkness that tries to permeate so much of my everyday life. I found myself periodically asking myself, how can people live their lives in this way?

But the other day I came across a quotation from Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks that applies to the Left and shook me to my core. He reflected on the harm that is caused by envy that goes beyond the Biblical laws of refraining from it:

Envy is the failure to understand the principle of creation as set out in Genesis I, that everything has its place in the scheme of things. Each of us has our own task and our own blessings, and we are each loved and cherished by G-d. Live by these truths and there is order. Abandon them and there is chaos. Nothing is more pointless and destructive than to let someone else’s happiness diminish your own, which is what envy is and does. The antidote to envy is, as Ben Zoma famously said, “to rejoice in what we have” (Mishnah Avot 4:1) and not to worry about what we don’t yet have. Consumer societies are built on the creation and intensification of envy, which is why they lead to people having more and enjoying it less.

Has the US Become an Oligarchy?

 

No one who watches politics has any doubt that Joe Biden is barely, if at all, running the country. That fact has been true from the beginning of his presidency, and probably long before. Many of us are assuming that Ron Klain with several cohorts in the administration are the ones in charge, making the shocking and ill-conceived decisions for Biden; Biden is just a figurehead. Let me explain why we have effectively, if not formally, become an oligarchy, and the implications of that structure.

Here’s a definition of an oligarchy:

Quote of the Day: Greed, Political and Otherwise

 

“It is amazing how many of the intelligentsia call it ‘greed’ to want to keep what you have earned, but not greed to want to take away what somebody else has earned, and let politicians use it to buy votes.” – Thomas Sowell

If we substituted Democrat presidential candidate for intelligentsia we would have a perfect one-sentence encapsulation of both sets of Presidential debates last week. Yet Sowell anticipated their positions by at least 20 and possibly 30 years with this statement.

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Do you know anyone who isn’t feeling cynical about politics, politicians and pundits? I was thinking about whom I actually trust in the political sphere, and the list is depressingly short. What does it mean to trust? For a place to start the Cambridge Dictionary defines trust: Preview Open

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I’m not surprised that we’ve awakened to a gray, rainy day. Everything feels heavy and burdensome. It mirrors the dark mood that rests beneath the ordinariness of life. As I’ve tried to tune in to the beauty of another day, it is cloaked in sorrow and dread. Today we leave for Daytona Beach. Unfortunately it’s […]

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On International Women’s Day, while others may have been marching or whatever, I had the pleasure to talk history with a young woman, who is a historian and a professor of history. It was a lovely discussion (for me as a fan of the subject of history) as we spoke about her dissertation, which is […]

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I find myself in possession of a few gift cards. It could be one 325.00 thing or 1300 $0.25 things. I will only bound this by saying that if it involves Journey, Night Ranger, .38 Special, Yes, Kansas, Loverboy, Foreigner, Styx, Def Leppard or My Little Pony I will unfriend you and DELETE THIS THREAD.  […]

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I was just watching Donald Trump’s rally in Valdosta, Georgia.  At one point, he says, “I was greedy…but now I’m going to be greedy for the United States!  I’m going to take, and take, and take!  We’re going to take, take, take, take!  We’re gonna become rich again, and then we’re going to be great […]

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Greed is good. So say our own EThompson and Gordon Gekko. But is this a compelling defense of capitalism? More importantly, is it accurate? Does it tell us something true about why a free society succeeds? Bernard Mandeville thought so. Mandeville thought vanity or pride unleashed would lead to a vibrant and wealthy society: private […]

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