Chapter II – Part 6

$ Coming back to the abundance in your religion. Firstly, faith and healing. Secondly, “your sins are forgiven.” How many times have I given up the idea of doing something because it didn’t work before? “Your sins are forgiven” sounds like: I reset your hard disk, counter at zero, act as if this old program has never been there. When my sins are forgiven I don’t torture myself with beliefs like: oh, no, it’s not for me, I’m not good enough, riches are for others. Let me tell you a story about my beloved Thomas Edison. While he was working on a battery… In fact, his intention was to invent a battery. That was his system: he found out what the humanity lacked and he invented it. And he thought to himself: why not close electricity in a box and take it out according to your needs? So he had been working on the discovery of a battery for quite a long time and since he was already very famous the world was interested in his work. One day, a journalist was interviewing him and asked: Mr. Edison, Sir, is it true that you have failed 10,000 in inventing a battery? And Edison said: I haven’t failed 10,000 times. I have found 10,000 ways that won’t work. Thirdly, love your enemies.

$ What’s loving my enemies got to do with finance?

$ “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.”

$ And?

$ A so called enemy is my reflection. If I love them, I love myself, too; if I get angry at them, I attract more anger to my life. Who can be my “enemy” in finance?

$ All those who send me invoices. Tax Office. Clients who don’t pay in due time. In this context, I understand what you say about my reflection. I often don’t pay an invoice before a get a reminder in a recorded letter, either.

$ So how can I express my love to my enemies in this aspect?

$ Paying in due time.

$ In due time and with love, which means above all with joy. “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”

$ And what the fuck am I to rejoice in paying my bills?

$ Being rich. Being able to afford an apartment in a big city, a super car, beautiful clothes. The fact that a Big Bank (they know a lot about finance, don’t they?) found me rich and decided to offer me a loan.

$ And I am not sure whether I can afford it or not. Maybe I live beyond my means.

$ “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” Fourthly, too many worries. “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? [...] Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” I used to be outraged while reading this part because I perceived it an encouragement to doing nothing: legs on the desk, Lord, you created me like this, so that’s what you have. I’m your child, so feed me and dress me. But it reads clearly here: don’t worry  t o o  m u c h. Consequently, I can worry  a  l i t t l e  and secondly, a little worry doesn’t exempt me from any duties. A bird does not sow or reap or store away in barns, nevertheless, all day long it flies and looks for worms and grains, escapes from cats and when the mating comes, it sings to the bitter end, weaves nest, makes love, lays eggs and so on. Flowers of the field do not labor or spin, nevertheless all they long they are busy assimilating CO2. In the time of draught, they puzzle out how to elongate the root; if it’s very wet, they focus on the strategy: roots close to the ground. Busy all the time doing their job.

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