Affairs in Order
A wise man should have money in his head, but not in his heart.
- Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)
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Affairs in Order
Inspired by Jonathan Swift's (1667-1745) quote, "A wise man should have money in his head, but not in his heart". The titled responsion is pragmatic and the first-order structure of orderliness!
Come on people, please get your story straight. The affairs that I am referring to happen to be financial, and yet the wondering eyes of the unfaithful are not necessarily unbiased. This bias towards and away from a pair-bonded perfected Good in herself is feminine in origin and biological in our collective (focused imagining). Shall we talk about money now?
A wise man should have money in his head, but not in his heart? What's really going with this Swift quote? I think the emphasis is on sensibility, of which the wise man knows what I am saying. Most wise men are actually smart enough to know that money isn't an easy thing to manage. When allocated in an appropriate manner to sustain self-sufficiency, the planned balance between individual and social norms is effectively part of our responsibility as good citizens. This is a counterpoint to the uber practical discipline of saving money by the archetypal hoarder. All things in moderation are the maxim that comes to mind here.
To have money in your head is sensible because you are mindful of its utility. Need I remind the reader of the freedom money can offer the possessor? The other good news is that money is not a "magic" thing you can just give away to everyone you meet. It takes work and a little planning. But the thing that makes money a good tool for people is that you're able to make it grow, at least that is what the capital myth tells us.
Come on people, the myth of capitalism that I am referring to is something that I first heard from Yuval Noah Harari and that concept continually populates my thoughts, counterpointing the reality of our financial ontologies with a possibility of something better.
Here's What I Came up With On a Dog Walk
Run any concept that you are thinking about, whether it be Capitalism, Jesus, or Santa Claus through the following filter...
How does your thought translate into meaning for our K-9 brethren? Does a dog understand the concept of God? Nope: Man-made construct.
Does a dog understand Christmas? Nope. Man-made construct.
Does a dog understand economies? Nope, again a man-made construct.
Metaphysical imagining is ubiquitous and permeates our very existence. Now, I realize that this is very idealistic thinking, Platonic perhaps if the focus is on some sort of ultimate Good but the counterpoint is worth keeping somewhere in our mind.
I must point out that the difference here is that even though a dog can't understand the metaphysics of mathematics, the applied real-world utility is God-like in her MAN-ifestations. The abstract made concrete is what I am talking about! How Platonic we have become!!
Past, Present, and Nevermore
Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's (1809-1849) quote, "We loved with a love that was more than love". The titled responsion is a bit of a pastiche for my good friend Edgar.
How can I claim I can remember when my best friend told me she loved me? She shows me every day. Isn't that the maxim of the writer of fiction? Show don't tell!
How powerful our words can be, and yet actions speak louder than words when in this instance. It's not what you say, it's how you say it. In silent articulation, your place beside me is what I cherish. At ease soldier, at ease!
Inspired by André Malraux's (1901-1976) quote, "To command is to serve, nothing more and nothing less.". The titled responsion is "Authoritative Humility", and effectively what I am promoting here is a little projected self-discipline, a balancing act of authority over the self.
I am referring to the humility of a friendship, romantic perhaps but not necessary. Locking the relationship, or committing to each other is a gesture of the highest ideal. Despite what Cicero said, gratitude is not the highest ideal; for without friendships, deep friendships we wouldn't know how to express our gratitude.
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