These excerpts are extracted from Jacob Needleman’s book, Money and the Meaning of Life, New York: Currency Doubleday, , Chapters 13, 14 & Amit (Host): Today, our guest is none other than Jacob Needleman, someone who really embodies today’s theme and hopefully we’ll be able to. Called Money and the Meaning of Life, the author is Jacob Needleman, a professor of philosophy at San Francisco State University.

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Fall Issue, Vol. Humanity, something seems to have gone wrong. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Can you give an example of somebody that might have been freed from some material focus by this intense study of self examination in their attitude toward money? Our outer activity is becoming more complex, more power oriented, more things we can do and explosion of so called external power over the world, over material things, over nature and diminished sense of what we are.

Why do we not experience the love of truth, for example, as vividly as we experience hunger or desire or the impulse to protect our children? There are ways of studying your own life that will actually make a difference.

I was totally allergic to that. Study, without the impulse to change anything, motiveless study, choiceless awareness is like the breath of the true wish, neexleman true aim of evolving man. Could I find a bridge that allows these great spiritual teachings nesdleman throw light on how we actually live, a connection between the great questions of life and the great problems of life?

Money & the Meaning of Life

They are not necessarily the cravings or passions which would be considered dangerous. One begins to understand that it is only through that opening that one can love as one wishes to love and as we have heard of love in the teachings of the masters. May 24, Jake rated it it was ok.

Therefore, as actual contact with the inner world diminishes, the individual and the community suffer more and more disorder. But you can be honest about that. The traditional social forms were intended both to ensure human survival and to support the struggle for contact with the inner world.


But love itself is a spiritual capacity. The work of studying oneself introduces a motivation that is free of personal gain, egoistic gain. The patterns of living that once nourished these subtler aspects of human relationships have been regarded as oppressive or outdated, while new communal forms that could support the full range of possible inner experiences have not yet been created and disseminated by men and women of vision.

Customs and rules that seem absurd or superstitious to us may have had purposes that we do not now understand—providing experiences of contact with need,eman level of force within ourselves and tthe the universe.

Money And The Meaning Of Life

Listen carefully to this. You said that greed in one form or another tends to usurp the place of the inner wish to understand, and that almost every vice in human life represents a lower function trying to imitate the work of an undeveloped higher capacity within man. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

The apocryphal info on the Biblical King Solomon and the quotes from Maimonides and Rumi were interesting, but I thing I’ll go to the source material for more on them.

I have been trying to open those questions both for myself and for others by writing about different aspects of our culture, the ones you mentioned.

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I want to operate in the gift economy. That’s what you are asking, isn’t it? By coincidence, one of the people who was at that conference wrote to me last month.

You are speaking of such a thing as that, aren’t you? Our guest today wrote that, ” we as humans are uniquely beings of two natures. Lists with This Book. And you went back and looked at all the founding fathers and looked at our system of government and institutions and came to what you consider the beauty of the American experiment, the beauty of the American imagination, but also calling upon us to do the inner work of democracy.


It has to be also accompanied by inner development. Quote Bulletin We can do no great things, only small things with great love. You need to find someone you can talk to. Could you give a concrete example of what that means? The awareness of hell is the escape from hell, or the beginning of the escape. If we’re going nacob know who and what we are both as individuals and as a culture, we need to take money much more seriously than we do: But that requires a quality of self observation, set study, self understanding that is not generally available for you.

I think what you are speaking about, is rooted in the quality of attention that you are able to give to other people. It needdleman to be somewhere linked to truth.

Where does this type of giving fit with the type of giving you are describing we are built to do? Today people are getting wealthy quickly in annd used to be a long, hard-earned process. But that first part of the book was definitely worth it for me. It poses great questions. Obviously there is a continuum.

Do you know anyone who’s “normal” about money? Sonic rated it really liked it Nov 01, A little bit too personal. To jaocb understand it because it represents the way one half of our human nature really acts in the world underneath it all. When a person walks into a room, someone not very interesting looking, not very impressive and someone says he is the seventh richest man in the world, then immediately we all get respectful and say, ” Oh!

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