Friday, May 16, 2008

Spiritual vs Monetary

I never really know what I'm going to write about, but i haven't written in a while.

So I had that last final. I did well. I still haven't gotten the video of my performance from Julie. I need to do that.

I saw the midnight showing of the new Narnia movie with Angela. It was pretty cool. Definitely worth seeing. Lots more action that the last movie.

I've been reading a book called Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. I'm on page 292 of this massive 1168 page novel. If you're not familiar with Ayn Rand, she has a philosophy called Objectivism. This is an excerpt from the Ayn Rand Facebook group:
Ayn Rand was once asked if she could present the essence of Objectivism while standing on one foot. Her answer was:

Metaphysics: Objective Reality
Epistemology: Reason
Ethics: Self-interest
Politics: Capitalism

She then translated those terms into familiar language:

"Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed."
"You can't eat your cake and have it, too."
"Man is an end in himself."
"Give me liberty or give me death."

I'm not sure if i would call myself an "Objectivist" just yet, but i really respect her philosophy. In the novel, the conflicting ideas are 1) Industry and Self Interest/Capitalism & 2) Charity and Common Good/Welfare State. The novel favors number one. The examples of each are very extreme and i don't want to be like anyone in the book per say, but their examples do inspire me. I think that a lot of people find it to be immoral to worry too much about one's own personal gain and so we are uncomfortable with the kind of monetary success that is described in the book. I say we, but i use the characters in the book and myself for the basis of that assumption. I've realized that there has been a conflict in my head between two complex ideas.
***The first is the desire to be a good person; a moral person who people trust and respect. A sympathetic, sensitive man who would be an amazing husband and father. A man who felt the Spirit all the time and was revered as a great priesthood holder who helped people at all times.
***The second is the desire for worldly success. To be financially independent and secure with money to do whatever practical want i have. I want to be someone who loves his work and excels and whatever i try. I want to be someone who people see as successful. i want to wear fancy suits with pocket watches in the vest and drive a Corvette from my mansion home to my glass and marble office building to make hundreds of dollars an hour in some honorary profession, namely psychology.
It wasn't until recently that i realized there shouldn't be a conflict of ideas. I shouldn't feel guilty setting my sights on big houses and fancy cars while at the same time, wanting to excell spiritually. I'm a pretty lazy person and I'm too prideful to do well in general education, so I'm not sure where I'll end up... hmm.

Mark 10: 25
It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

What do you think? You think that it means that it's almost impossible for rich people to go to heaven? I studied this verse and i'll try and site it later, i don't have time now, but i discovered that there is a caravan pass called the Eye of a Needle. Wether this is the name of a specific pass or this type of pass, i don't know. But there in the desert is where the camel caravans go. In order for the camels to pass thru this very small pass, the rider must get off and the walk beside his camel while the camel walks on his knees. Then the caravan procedes together, on the same level, equally estemed. No one is higher than others. Thus the rich man must pass thru this life. He can have his extensive load, but must not be estemed higher than others... I'm not defending rich people because i think i'm going to be one, but i'm more doing it to help me be motivated to do what it takes to reach a worthy goal like that.

Spiritual vs Monetary . . . Tie Game