Monday, April 22, 2013

Episode 122. Blessed Are the Poor, So Become Poor

Motivation to "shrug out" of the mess we're in can come from many sources, including Christ Himself, from the first Beatitude:

And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him.
And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

Whether yours is a religious or secular life, the message of this podcast is to re-direct your labors to your true needs and those of your family. Seek liberty and self-reliance. You may become poor in the eyes of Caesar, but wealthy in much more important ways.

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1 comment:

  1. I just listened to #102 "Motivation to Shrug Out". Tom Baugh's book (Starving the Monkeys) is brought to mind with the taking your money out of their hands, stock market, banks, credit unions and turning it into assets including precious metals. Since about the time that podcast was made I've been following that strategy as it makes sense to me. Unfortunately in this period of time I've lost much cash value due to inflation and being out of the stock market, maybe a 15% loss? And then another loss with the drop in value of precious metals. Financially this has been a losing strategy and yet I do not plan to change it as it still makes sense to me for non-financial reasons, not all of which I can articulate. I think a big factor however in my maintaining this course is that I don't feel as if financial collapse is our #1 threat, but rather tyranny. I am okay with maintaining what I've earned in keeping it close rather than gambling it in the marketplace where it can be stolen. But more important is the pursuit of privacy, of what little is possible anymore.