It’s amazing to hear advocates of capitalism and socialism use the tenants of Judeo-Christianity to justify their political stance. However the Bible says God’s ways are higher than man’s. By defending our political or economic system, we are merely just creating our own god to suit our vision of how life should be.
Because I believe in divine Providence I don’t believe in the mainstream narrative regarding poverty. God is the source of prosperity (which is more than money) and it doesn’t matter which puppet is in office.
Western society is more profit oriented while eastern societies are more spiritual. The latter tends to be more self-sufficient.
Third world countries may have a better economy spiritually
I have read articles and posts about people who came to the United States and ended up going back to their third world countries because all the materialistic distractions hindered their relationship with God and others.
Then there were the comments by some people in third world countries that said they wouldn’t trade their community focused society for anything. I even heard a religious podcast that said true religion (internal v. organized) could only flourish in a poorer country without all the distractions.
Third world economies are more traditional
There are banks and economies in third world countries. But much of the countries practice sustainability. They are pretty much where the United States was back in the 19th century. Back in the days when Americans used to pride themselves on not having a class system.
So what kind of economy would exist in heaven? Heaven would likely have no scarcity. Since scarcity creates value there would be no economy. This kind of perfect Utopia could never exist on Earth due to mankind’s depraved nature.
Rather than worry about economic collapse, just trust in divine Providence (however it manifests itself. Also don’t assume having an abundant Life means having more stuff. Lastly research traditional economy, sustainability and self-sufficiency. None of these are as bad as they sound.
I was watching a video on YouTube recently when I heard about how 70% of Americans were living in poverty. However the sad part is many of those who are impoverished are making up to six figures a year. It always sounds funny to hear someone making mid five figures and up complain about how poor they are despite how hard they work. Although they don’t usually work nearly as hard as those making close to minimum wage.
They say more money leads to more problems, and it’s amazing how the solution is always more money. Even the Bible says whoever loves money will never have enough. A Lyft driver who sold real estate told me once that no matter how much you make, you are always in the same boat. Rich people just have expensive tastes. Poor people find cheaper alternatives which are often just as good. It’s just the stigma and being more “resourceful”.
Another way to ensure impoverishing oneself is to live a life of luxury. How many luxury apartments have you seen going up in your neighborhood. Luxury living is the same as “lustful” living. I can’t knock it though since I am attracted to these myself. They aren’t really that luxury. The reviews are almost as bad as any ghetto apartment. People are never happy. All they have to do is see one cockroach or any other insect.
Give it a few decades and these luxury apartments will either be sold as condominiums or rented out as low income apartments; or turned into motels.
I confess that I almost rented out a small 400 square foot luxury apartment that I found for as low as $800. It was cheaper than the non luxury apartments around it. On a side note, renting is still a waste of money and you can buy a $200,000 condo for less than you can rent a luxury apartment for.
I think I may be onto something with that last statement. Either way, all the money we are spending to modernize everything through gentrification only to still be paying off the debt by the time the foundation starts to settle again. I almost call luxury apartments “shitholes of the future.”
Many people avoid public transit because of the social stigma that it is a sign of poverty. There are benefits to riding on buses and rail systems. You get to meet different people, of which some have really good paying jobs and just don’t want to pollute the environment or be stuck in traffic. Plus you can actually read on public transportation wheres you probably shouldn’t be reading a book while driving.
I have to confess that I enjoy riding the rail. Sometimes that is more metaphorical than literal when it comes to life. The Dart rail system is the nicest one in Dallas, along with the Trinity Railway Express and A-train in Fort Worth and Denton.
I took this picture in Maricopa County, Arizona (Phoenix). I couldn’t help think how cool this man’s job was.
Some people are fascinated with train sets growing up; I am more into the real thing. Maybe I should go to work on the railroad. It has good benefits. The scariest thing is if someone gets stuck on the tracks, the train engineer probably wouldn’t be able to stop in time. Thus he would end up with PTSD and therapy the rest of his life.
The most humorous rail story I have is when the train in Phoenix was delayed due to some drunk Indians who fell onto the tracks. That would be one of those “only in Phoenix” stories.
Atheists claim not to believe in God because they can’t prove He exists. The. Bible tells us to live by faith and not by sight. An educated society may make for a better society, though educated types tend to reject the Divine because there is no evidence; or at least none they can see.
As an intellectual, I like to question everything. I like to try to figure out why I believe something. This has made me a freethinker, thus the bane of the established church. Note I said established because the true church has invisible walls.
My basic beliefs would align me with the Judeo-Christian faith. Sometimes I can’t help but wonder why I believe what I do. The fact that I catch myself quoting the Bible frequently confirms my beliefs. Especially if a certain verse is logical or consistent with the culture. And that is what makes the Bible stand out as the best selling book. Even nonbelievers admire it as a book of philosophy and wisdom.
Today’s verse reminds me that poverty is man-made and a mindset. If you believe in divine providence anyway. There is no way to prove this. Sometimes you just have to trust in it and quit over thinking everything.
Everyone knows that when we go through hard times, aka recessions or famines, the ones who get through it are the ones who are the most prepared. In many cases the ones who are the most prepared are the ones who put their trust in the Most High.
Prosperity is biblical but the invisible kingdom is more than money. That’s why we aren’t supposed to put our trust in material wealth. What some people lack in money, they make up for in other resources. Sometimes the ones who look poor on paper actually have a better quality of life.
They say poverty is man’s default state. Although this is merely an illusion because man defines poverty by how much money you make. Some people may live well on less money or even have found a way to barter and not be dependent on money at all.
In my case, I seem to default back on my first job in a grocery store. With my experience I still get top pay and quick promotions because I was a department manager before. I have a growing list of resources to pursue freelance writing again, although planning to avoid the content mills since I am not that desperate for a writing job.
The intrinsic value of writing
For me writing is more recreational and therapeutic. If other people benefit from it that that is an added bonus. I do not feel like I have to monetize my talents to be successful. That doesn’t mean I have ruled it out either since I am looking at self-publishing e-books and affiliate marketing with websites, as well as domain flipping.
Your real wealth is your influence. Just because you never monetize it and become rich doesn’t mean you are a failure in life. While money can be a measure of a person’s influence, it is highly possible to be influential and have no money. For example, Jesus is the most influential person in history yet He had no place to lay His head and was undoubtedly poor. I wonder how He would fair today.
Real wealth and real intelligence
I feel fulfilled just writing on my blog even if I don’t get rich off of it. I can make a lot of money freelancing but I would have to set quotas as to how much content I write a week or per month. If I have to keep a quota, then I may start hating my job and then it would seem less fulfilling and like more of a curse.
I will likely go back into freelance writing again but will probably work on a more passive income. For example, if I average $100-500 for a short article or a little more for a short story, I would only have to sell relatively few in order to live a comfortable lifestyle. Since this would not be a full-time job, I would likely continue to work my day job or start some type of small business to supplement.
There are a lot of opportunities out there. While the majority of the jobs don’t average more than 30 hours a week, many of them do pay a high hourly rate. The workforce is evolving and intelligence is defined as the ability to adapt. All others who cannot adapt just live in fear and preach the end of the world conspiracy theories.