Money: Beholden ‘em Fold’em & FUability©
Excess resources are stored for the future purchase and consumption of potential goods and services warehoused via the acceptance of money (the current currency). Money, therefore, represents these unconsumed resources and their yield (interest, dividends, capital gains thereof before withdrawal) as an alternative to barter.
Feelings (idolizing, envy, fear) toward money have superseded the value of shomer tov & its imperative of OWNing UP to. Money has become recognized – and believed (a feeling) as a lubricant (WD40™ – 40 yrs – WD = without Deity in the wilderness?) for one’s survival. For most, rather than acknowledging Hashem with ‘first yearlings’ off the top like Abel’s offering– the money ‘sacrificed’ to God is more in the vain of Cain’s offering – a net profits interest – after covering one’s expenses – a payoff for protection, just in case. Thus, the feelings towards – money (and the resources it represents) – are as a savior and provider have have superseded the shomer tov (OWNing up to) imperative as illustrated by:
In God We Trust (on U.S. currency *
(which is like stating the perfunctory ‘with all due respect’ which isn’t)
When they say it’s not the money, it’s the money
Follow the money – credo of investigative reporters
Show me the money – Jerry McGuire
One thing money doesn’t buy – poverty
You can love better with money than without it
The chains of marriage made of gold are strong
Where is ‘this land is mine...’ recognition?
Where is ‘the land and the fullness thereof…’ recognition?
We fear the loss of money (and the IRS especially after Obama weaponized it to go after conservatives) more than God!
(Some might even classify these feelings as ‘idolization.’ When the love of money is an end in itself is that not genuflecting? ((The biggest genuflectors are progressive liberal Democrats given their preoccupation with rationalizing theft of money in the name of - pretense of social activitism, political correctness, park your tuchis, Marcusian cockamamie – as when they say it ain’t the money – it’s the money moochers.))
“Lo(w) & Behold-en”
True Story: Having the goods on a double dealing Colorado state insecurities commissioner against the publics interest, this writer wanted to expose the schmuck. I was advised by a former Democrat state legislator: “Jim, we don’t want to break the State Securities Commissioner’s, we want to bend him (to our legislation- so he is beholden to us).”
When ‘money’ becomes ‘more than’ goods and services as :
- some ‘bend’ their money requirements in the name of flexibility which is typically a rationalization for soothing The More comparative calling & the never enough fear.
- people often sacrifice what they need (in goods and services) for what they don’t need (be it status, etc).
- others believe More placates the psychic fear of never enough lowering ‘loss aversion’ worry & dread
- still others consider the psychic payoff of ‘not being beholden – holding one’s own – being able to ‘cut the mustard’ (not to be confused with cutting the cheese) as ultimately provided by currency.
Hereafter, the focus here after shall be on not being beholden – as a feeling – rather than the value of reciprocity per shalom’s meanings: payment for completion for peace and dignity (I might add).
Beholden creates an uneasy unsettling feeling of out of imbalance – giving rise to derivative ‘feelings’ (tributaries?) of ‘owing’ being obliged, indebted, dependent. Worse being beholden may escalate to a negative sense of being bendable to another’s will/desire), ‘being under the thumb’ (with or without the accompanying Rolling Stones’ song lyrics playing in the back of one’s mind.)
And so given this underlying desire to not be beholden (which additionally may bolt/attach onto a feeling of loss of dignity a certain humiliation), seeks per money: financial independence, retirement income from passive sources, income adequacy for heirs, income protection from disability etc. ’ Yet, underneath the underneath of this acquisition (Cain in Hebrew) of this monetizing strategy is the seeking of the emotional payoffs of avoiding taking crap, having to kiss ass due to fear of loss freedom of choice and even worse loss of the sense / identity due to diminution of dignity/degradation (being, therefore, ‘beneath’).
Money, therefore, however euphemized, spun, parsed becomes a desire commodity for the desired feeling of ‘FUability.’
The More flesh the More worms, the More possessions, the More the More worry, the More wives the More witchcraft, the More maidservants the More lewdness, the More slaves the More slavery
Ethics of The Fathers 2:7
(font distinctions – this essayist)