These excerpts are extracted from Jacob Needleman’s book, Money and the Meaning of Life, New York: Currency Doubleday, , Chapters 13, 14 & Amit (Host): Today, our guest is none other than Jacob Needleman, someone who really embodies today’s theme and hopefully we’ll be able to. Called Money and the Meaning of Life, the author is Jacob Needleman, a professor of philosophy at San Francisco State University.
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Our health, where we live, where we go, what we do with our time, how we are respected or od, what we can accomplish, all our sufferings and pleasures, one way or the other, are related to money. I just want to thank you for this powerful conversation. There are wonderful things about living in a very rich culture.
I think as he is focused on so many of these subjects. If our goal is not to shed the material, how do we bring the material back into balance? And it will do us no good merely to pursue strong experiences of the inner world unless we are pointed toward equally strong experiences that will enable us to contact both worlds simultaneously.
Includes a “user’s guide” and discussion section, exclusive to this paperback edition. The thing that is so important for these new millionaires is to see this greed not only in themselves but also in others, od to see the effect that it has on others. No amount of money can buy that.
jacobb The result is that nobody has any time anymore. It’s not bad to be comfortable; to go places and see things and help other people; mney taste various aspects of life. So I thought this was an interesting observation of the book becau Mel Ziegler, cofounder, Banana Republic has read Needleman’s book Money and the Meaning of life and had this to say about it: May be you have a certain presence, a certain seriousness you keep to yourself while all the rambling is going on, may be you can have an affect you can’t predict.
And I think you’ve described the family, art and learning, that they too have come into the thrall of money.
That there is all kinds of very ordinary chaos in the not for profit world? An Interview with Dr. Someone said that, “thinking is a fine servant ov a terrible master. Do you have a sense of how you foster, or whether it is even worth trying to foster generosity or gifitivism?
I wanted to study biology, wanted to study life and was deeply involved in that sort of thing ever since I was child and growing up. We need to have protection. What a human being is? The elements of human life that are primarily rooted in interiority, service to the higher—that is, the realm of relationships, of love, knowledge, creativity, elements that are reflected in family, community, the refinement or perfection of nature science and art —all these meanning are now embedded in money.
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It is ad a question of trying to bring back this or that ancient custom or ritual practice or ethical rule. Yet it is just these experiences of the disparity between our values and our behavior which could be felt as vividly as mojey the external world has to offer. It’s funny because when I think of giving money, that can be satisfying, but it’s not nearly as satisfying as giving of oneself. Of course, you can speak like that, you can even write books like that. This is Sheol, hell, death, the disappearance of the soul, its ultimate impoverishment.
Jerry, thank you so much. We are answering very great traditional philosophical question and that question itself can be transformative.
In your writings you say the paradoxical answer to the centrality of money in our lives and may be an imbalance of money in our lives is not to turn away from money but to actually turn toward it and observe it more carefully, that deep quality of observation. That’s what you are asking, isn’t it? It seems that something I said touched him and stayed with him all these years. I know I am, personally. Once you begin to cultivate that you may find other people who are also trying to do that kind of thing and you can come together and share.
We want to get for ourselves, but only if in the long run the aim is to give.
Money And The Meaning Of Life
Suddenly it’s no longer me but “I”. Does abd also apply to an individual who has to deal with sudden wealth? On the contrary, for most modern people, the main experience of inner intensity lies in the realm of instinctual and emotional drives such as hunger, sexual desire, the need for safety, and the avoidance of pain.