You will enjoy this talk by Rabbi Daniel Lapin of the American Alliance of Jews and Christians. His bio is here:
Rabbi Daniel Lapin, known world-wide as America’s Rabbi, is a noted rabbinic scholar, best-selling author and host of the Rabbi Daniel Lapin Show on San Francisco’s KSFO. He is one of America’s most eloquent speakers and his ability to extract life principles from the Bible and transmit them in an entertaining manner has brought countless numbers of Jews and Christians closer to their respective faiths. In 2007 Newsweek magazine included him in its list of America’s fifty most influential rabbis.
He asks with an answer in mind, “Does God want us to be rich?” His answer? “I don’t know.”
Then adds, “God does want us obsessively preoccupied with the needs of other people.”
Ooh, I have a hard time with that one. I like the ethic of looking out for people but from a distance. If I am involved in business with an individual, I try to be a productive a resource as possible with them but my engagement ends there. I do not want to meddle and get involved to the point of offering advice or devoting more time, energy, or money than my business interests with them. Some folks, like public school teachers (and the more violent and self-righteous, social justice ghouls) believe it is their duty to correct, to adjudicate, to condemn, to punish, in essence to be the state in almost all affairs involving government. That’s how they “give back” to the community. Need thug enforcement? I have met and heard of horrific stories inside the school district. And it’s the bureaucracy with union cover that not only gives teachers permission but a tacit instruction to enforce what is otherwise unenforceable. Teachers, tax-funded teachers, are perhaps the largest of hypocrites. They are passionate about their role as enforcer of academic learning.
In front of the classroom, they need to perform with the students and for the most part they do that well. Derelicts inside psych wards can be quite articulate and lucid with their narrative. So can
And it shouldn’t surprise that anyone who believes in a loving deity that the result of that is the great blessing of prosperity and wealth.
Do not insist on making buggy whips while Henry Ford is building a car down the road. That’s not focusing on what others need or want. That’s focusing on what you want.
At the 35-minute mark, he offers some great advice.
The advice you sometimes get, The important thing in life is to find a job that you really love, go and work in an area that you’ve really got passion for!” Wrong.
Sounds very nice, but it’s wrong. It’s wrong because it’s selfish. I want to make a living doing what I like doing. You’re missing the point. It isn’t about the money, it’s about your relationship with other people. Find what other people need and want and then learn how to get passionate about supplying it.
Prosperity is the result of building relationships first.
Israel is just another name for Jacob, Abraham’s grandson.
Dedication with what your brothers needed.
Contracts are real. They make things flower.
“Where’s the profit in killing our brother? Instead of killing him, why don’t we sell him!”
“It’s not about the money, it’s about the relationship.” You thought relationship were to be squandered in the name of profit, and you don’t understand. It’s the other way around–relationships produce profit.”
It’s only when the brothers reach an understanding of this point that blessings can be had. Relationships depend on the uniqueness of every human being. Uniqueness allows trading and commerce. If were all identical, we cannot tell a joke to a friend and get him to laugh. Nor could we trade. There would be nothing to trade. Only through our uniqueness that allows us to trade unusually unique items. Uniqueness Being creative is what God is all about.
We’re not consumers. We create more than we consume. We are net creators.
Societies where this creative energy is unleashed and honored, those societies honor human beings.
Tribalism–extended families. Saudi Arabia are all cousins of one another.
Two ways of organizing people that really work: Abrahamitic model. The unchangeable and the must-change. Immutable values that create wealth. Other aspect is the one where things must change all the time. Chaos and destruction that gives birth to a completely new beginning. The faster
The socialist version. This model of organizing society seems to imply a moral system wrapped up within an economic system. Evil is camouflaged and obscured by the terminology “for the people” and “it’s for the poor.”
At 48:10, build an extra room for the institute. Fire the imagination. Chapter 11 of Genesis–the story of Babel.
At the 52-minute mark, he says
Tower of Babel was all about turning all human beings to bricks and not stones or gems. Led by Nimrod who hated Abraham. Two competing visions of how to organize society. Nimrod model is centralized, controlled, where everyone is expected to be like everyone else. There are no half-way measures. Abrahamitic model is based on giving and creating. How can I bless other people? What can I do for other human beings.