From a biological perspective, our needs are modest and few. If we knew enough to share, life would be effulgent, Edenic, easy. But, dang it, we don’t and it isn’t. In Chronicles of Wasted Time, Malcolm Muggeridge likened humans to “pigs in a crowded sty, jostling and shoving to bury their snouts in the trough; until one of them momentarily lifts his snout upwards in the air, in so doing expressing the hope of all enlightenment to come; breaking off from his guzzling to point with his lifted snout to where the angels and archangels gather round God’s throne.”
Money is not the root of all evil. Love of money—plain old selfishness—is the grossly swollen tuber. The most important and least understood of the 10 Commandments is the first one.
In an 1861 journal entry, Henry David Thoreau wrote, “Thank God that men cannot as yet fly and lay waste the sky as well as the earth.”
Now we face our own extinction.
Outflow determines inflow. This is a spiritual law. It would be taught in business schools but for the fact that it’s completely inimical to a secular sense that insists the opposite is true.
A common misconception is that the world has many problems. It has just one problem—the misuse of the human mind. A misused mind either wants something or fears something. It can’t relax.