Why this quote spoke to me, I’m not quite sure. Maybe it’s all the political campaign talk and meanness. But wouldn’t this statement make for good dinner conversation? With your children or your friends. What does “deceived by prosperity” mean? That money equals happiness? It does not, of course, but it does calm the nerves. And times being what they are, there are plenty of nerves to calm.
But there are also people who have and get and want and want, and it is never enough. It’s a non-partisan affliction, by the way. The ultimate deception of prosperity is the ultimate misfortune. To live with that must be to live with feeling crushed, constantly. How awful.
Conversely the ultimate fortune is understanding that prosperity in material terms is a condition and not a quality of life. It’s a question not of what but when is “enough.” And that answer has to be now, because now is all we have. Remember Eckhart Tolle’s The Power of Now? Can we prosper–emotionally and spiritually–with where we are now, with what we have now?
His Grace (my Cowboy and fiance, for new readers) has a way of bringing things like this down to earth. “I’ve got a story to go with that,” he said. Well tell, I said. “When I was 23 or 24 and just getting started in the commodities business, I made about $X on a trade.” Propriety forbids me to define “X,” but it was right much. He continued, “Three days later I lost it all. And I said to my mother, how can that be right?” She said, “Well son, did it ever occur to you that you might not ought to have made it in the first place?”
We’ll get back to decoratin’ and cookin’ and gardenin’ next time. See you then. Thanks for listenin’.