Sunday, June 19, 2016

Answer To Riva Pomerantz's Biblical Justification Enough Is Never Enough

Answer To Riva Pomerantz’s Enough Is (Not) Enough

  respectfully in practice and theory I disagree with your underlying premise and assumptions in "Enough Is (Not) Enough' which confuses the task of completing our incompletions to justify Enough is Never Enough

For starters - Shaddai - per Rabbi Twerski et al - means G-d, G-d Almighty, G-d All Sufficient - ENOUGH... Of course there is Dai as in dai, dayenu  - 'it was enough' which is sung on Passover. And per Twerski et all there is no word for Hashem relative to More. And the argument of abundance as 'more' is incorrect  JEWbonics(c) (my term as where is there a Rabbinical will there is a halacha ((Jewish Law)) way)

More, Better, Now has a habit of becoming Less, Worse, Later. More, More, More what are we all morticians - e.e. cummings and the ideology of a cancer cell is more - Edward Abbey

As to dissatisfaction created by Hashem - first, the Latin for enough - is satis - so dissatisfaction is not enough. The question isn't we wouldn't go forward if we 'had enough' (though the only Enough in the end is God given 'Shaddai') - the question is enoughness - our enoughness - completing our incompletions -rather than more as the panacea .

More is a derivative from Acquisition. And Ms. Pomerantz what was the first story of more vs enough? Cain versus Abel. And what does Cain mean in Hebrew - acquisition. And man identified with his body as his sense of self - and therefore fearing extinction - has a strategy - acquisition - Cain - to delude and or palliate (though it takes higher and higher dosages). Recall Abel gave off the top the yearlings as God, Shaddai - was enough. And really the meeting finally of Esau and Jacob - whereby Jacob sought to payoff Esau - to which Esau said, 'I have plenty' but Jacob said 'I have all' - Enough Shaddai...

There are huge problems with Enough - that are avoided - which comes down to meaning IN one's life, developing one's chalek (one's portion), and like a candle using the parafin - the material for the light - the wick (the spiritual) to illuminate - as more has become acculturated and hard wired (just look at advertisements...

The pattern of using Enough for More as 'there is Never Enough': First, okay - what is enough? Ok I need a cushion just in case. Then the Sam Levinson, I finally got the means to the ends and they move the ends apart. Then there is the 'someday things' which peter out in 6 months - throwing pots in Vail till the spouse says 'for better for for worse but not for lunch' Then there is diversion - getting into adventuresome capital to make more to give (really or get a testimonial dinner), running in politics, trying to get to know the kids one didn't know for 18 years ...

But the challenge of Enough - of Shaddai -- then really isn't MORE (by the way all personal financial planning is about MORE which is why planners are MOREons) but meaning IN one's life - enough to live for enough to live on

So while we are in agreement in some of your commentary - as to fundamental premise and foundation - I couldn't disagree More - - Hashem didn't create more - because otherwise we would be fat, lazy etc - but rather finding meaning IN our lives, developing our chalek we are created ORIGINALLY INCOMPLETE (not original sin nor original dreck) and via finding meaning IN our lives - inside out (the real Tikkun Olam ) we continue to complete these incompletions and therefore inside out - procreate - contribute - earning our return.

The more, more, more anxiety is competitive, comparative - covetous - trying to fill holes in the soul by acquisition - rather than inside out continuing to complete our incompletions inside out to earn the return with enough to live on enough to live for.

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH understood as above  

PS: my definition of ENOUGH (other than Shaddai) ; a process of healing personal financial anxiey, puttin' money in its place, to connect (Tzavta), elevate, align and transcend to one's significance/assignment - what one is meant to do - meant to be - 'enough' to live for; enough to live on (c)

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