So, is Money essential for existential joy (ikigai)? Where does money fit into this philosophy of doing for others? Is existential joy for religious fanatics or ascetics who fast, live in a cave, and meditate all the time? Is it for those who take pride in having no camel to fit through the eye of a needle?
The fastest path to self-awareness is by becoming an entrepreneur.
The best way to make a difference – to raise the consciousness of the world – to solve the world’s problems is to be a successful entrepreneur.
I once made a post to this blog under the title, “We didn’t know we were poor”. It was during a period when the world was still suffering from the 2008 downturn. People had lost their homes and their savings. The private banking cartel called the Federal Reserve had been bailed out by the tax payers. The world was suffering under a poverty mentality. It was hard times for us too, having made personal guarantees on a million and a half dollar business loan.
I received an email response to that post from someone who was interested in joining our intentional community, the Village on Sewanee Creek. The subject line read “I hate money”. He went on to explain that he just wanted to get back to the land, to be self-sufficient by having a little garden and living simply without working for anyone else to earn money. I thought, “wow”! There is someone who missed the point and doesn’t understand money. There are times in the life of most if not all entrepreneurs, when things get very tight. You worry whether you will be able to make payroll or whether the bank will call your loan, forcing you into bankruptcy. Money is not the enemy.
They say there are two kinds of business people – missionaries and mercenaries. The missionary entrepreneur with a purpose beyond money, to provide what the world needs, is shielded, if not immune from the poverty mind set. (S)He can live frugally and joyfully without the trappings of wealth. That does not mean (s)he doesn’t appreciate, seek or enjoy wealth or money or, god forbid, hates money or revels in poverty.
If you believe money is the root of all evil, recheck your Bible. It’s the LOVE of money where people go off the rails. It’s the infatuation with money to the exclusion of the needs of others that is evil.
So, what is the opposite of love? Does one need to hate money instead of love it? Think again. Are we to give evil money to the poor? No. Love people. Do good. Help others. Raise their consciousness. Teach them how to become wealthy themselves (as in teach a man to fish so that he too can become independently wealthy).
Money is the most powerful vehicle we have to love and do good for others and ourselves. We are told to love others AS OURSELVES. That’s an equation, so if it is good to give money generously to others it is just as good if not better to make it generously for ourselves. I believe God wants us to be fabulously wealthy so we can be fabulously generous.
True wealth is not how much money you have. It’s what’s left if you lose all your money. It is the trust you have earned, the relationships you have created and the competence you have developed that enabled you to earn money abundantly and give you confidence that you can make it again after a fall.
The tough times for me began in 2007, peaked in 2008 and continued for years. I posted “we didn’t know we were poor” in November of 2013. People who have true wealth can hurt like everyone else, but don’t have to feel that they are poor when they lose their money. People who have true wealth live in a state of self-reliance and existential JOY.
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