Are you a slave of money or of God? These days, it's hard to tell. We are supposed to be a Christian nation but all you are concerned about is money. Do you have a roof over your head? How about food in the fridge? Anyone chasing you to cut off your head if you don't convert to their definition Islam? Well, you're doing better than most of the people in the world! You ingrates.
Let's go back to the hierarchy, shall we? On the first level of Maslow's hierarchy, there are the psychology needs: breathing, food, water, sex, sleep, homeostasis, and excretion as the most necessary to life. Without these, the rest do not matter.
The next level up is security which includes security of body, employment, resources, morality, family, health and property. These are the things we achieve after the first level of Maslow's hierarchy has been met. Only then do we have the luxury of the third level, which is love/belonging: friendship, family, and sexual intimacy.
As these attributes become a part of our lives, we then move to the esteem level which includes self-esteem, confidence, achievement, respect of others and respect by others. No wonder there is such a disconnect in our society these days. Everyone is trying to teach self-esteem without having to work for it or earn it through one's own failures and efforts by getting back up and trying again.
Ah, the one where most people are at (which they do NOT belong) is actualization. Imagine that. You try to actualize yourself and you haven't even held a job, left home to be on your own, fallen and gotten back up again, or anything that is necessary for your laud your expert college knowledge (bullcrap) over those who have actually done that which you CANNOT. A little jealously, maybe? (That is in reference to those elitists who want Communism to visit the US of A!)
So what does actualization consist of? Morality, creativity, spontaneity, problem solving, lack of prejudice, and acceptance of facts.
You know what? It's been a while since I've been in school, but it hasn't been that long! This is not Maslow's Hierarchy! Geesh. We didn't have wacky words like this. It was simple and to the point. This information came from wikipedia, so take it with a grain of salt.
I noticed one thing remarkably missing. Religion. Morality is NOT religion. Without religion, there is no morality. Who is there to say, 'Thou shalt not murder'? Hmm? If you do not understand what I just said, you may, MAY, be part of the problem.
Now that I've explained Maslow's Hierarchy as much as I am willing to, let me explain why I believe it is possible for poor people to be greedy and rich people to be generous and vice versa.
If you want something for nothing, you are selfish. If you choose to help someone financially you do not even know without any expection of repayment, you are generous. Maybe. It is possible some people do this for tax purposes, to feel good, to be able to say, 'Look at me! I gave all of this money away!', and so on. MOST Americans are NOT in that category.
I have met some poor people who don't even consider themselves poor, and I've met some poor people that would rob you blind and justify it because they have nothing. This is why there should be NO class warfare.
Are you hurting because of the drop in the stock market? Really? Were you really going to sell that stock tomorrow and now it's less money per share? I don't think so! Do you remember the tech bubble? How about Enron? WE RECOVERED. So please. Remember your very short and long past, and do not panic. It is going to be alright.
The only thing I regret is that I don't have a broker. I wanted to get right back out there and buy some of those stocks when they hit $4/share! Man. What a break! Yes. THIS is the time to buy, as long as you know what you are buying. There is a harvest out there just waiting to be plucked, and everybody's whining. It's driving me nuts! So stop it! ;)
May you walk with the LORD always, and when you cannot take another step, may He carry you the rest of the way until you can walk along side Him again.
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