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Who can be poor if he does not long for anything?

September 9, 2009

The early Christians were ridiculed by the Romans for being poor – “See many of you, the majority of you – are in want, are cold, are hungry, and are labouring in hard work. Yet your God allows it.”

To which Felix the Christian lawyer replied: “That many of us are called poor, this is not our disgrace, but our glory. As our mind is relaxed by luxury, it is strengthened by poverty. Yet who can be poor if he does not long for anything? If he does not crave the possessions of others? If he is rich towards God? He is rather poor, who, although he has much, desires more.”

M.Felix, Octavius, ch.12, 36

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Materialism and Boredom

July 30, 2009

I tend to buy cars for the fun of it. I drive them around for three weeks and then I get bored, dump them in the garage and let the batteries go completely flat.

Eddie Murphy

Beliefs, Values & Traditions, 2nd ed., 2002, Ann Lovelace and Joy White, p.186

Man finds nothing so intolerable as to be in a state of complete rest, without passions,
without occupation, without diversion, without effort. Then he feels his nullity, loneliness,
inadequacy, dependence, helplessness, emptiness.

– Pascal, Blaise