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October 07, 2010

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Great post. Great words.

"Look at me, I have knowledge" is not different than "Look at me, I have a shiny new car." Both are pretentious and serve the wants of ego."

It´s true. And both are not only ridiculous manifestations of the ego. Also are esthetically horrible. If you have knowledge, use it, don´t show it. I have that defect and I try to smooth it.

"Where people lose themselves is in the perpetuation of a carrot-chasing, rat-racing mentality that is the pursuit of happiness"

I´m partially happy to see my business fail at the beginning. Cause failure showed me how people is in that insane rat race. Also failure taught me to focus the real meaning of success, and if you permit express myself, this is it:

Have joy, esencially with your wife and sons, I mean your closest family. Have a joy independient from the external world. And if you have that joy, then you can play with objects, with money, with the social status and all that things inherents to this world, but always keeping in mind that joy is your success and the other is just a game.

About "our conversation" in the post before this one, I must say that talk and think about it has helped me to go faster in accept some ideas I have been thinking sometime.

So, thank you and let me say I´m very happy to read this site.

Kent @ The Financial Philosopher

Thanks:

I like this that you said: "Have a joy independent from the external world. And if you have that joy, then you can play with objects, with money, with the social status and all the things inherent to this world, but always keeping in mind that joy is your success and the other is just a game."

I couldn't have said it better!

Cheers...

Kent

Jeffrey Dow Jones

Really thought-provoking post.

I think it's neat that you mentioned the Potlatch. I was in Alaska last summer and learned about that at an anthropologist's lecture. It's fascinating. Potlatching was literally THE single highest social status thing you could do. It's odd for the rest of us -- who are hung up on amassing assets instead -- to wrap our heads around the concept.

What's also interesting is that it served a dual purpose as a social welfare system. It was a very efficient and acceptable way of redistributing wealth from the rich to the poor and helped their society thrive collectively.

It's cool that your son is learning about that. Some of those Pacific Northwest native cultures are really intriguing.

Kent @ The Financial Philosopher

JDJ:

Thanks for the generous compliment and for sharing your thoughts...

Yes, the Potlatch was both a social status event and a re-distribution of wealth affair during back in the Pacific Northwest Indian days. Perhaps it is akin to wealthy celebrities today using charitable contributions as public relations tools?

If you believe Wikipedia is fact, it says that the Potlach meaning evolved into the American meaning of "Potluck" Party where people bring things to exchange.

As you might imagine, I like to inject my philosophies of contentment with my sons whenever I run across such lessons.

For the record, I did not tell my 9-year old that Potlach celebrations were either bad or good -- I just subtly reminded him that displaying wealth is not necessary and that being "wealthy" is not necessarily a financial term.

Thanks again...

Kent

Paul from Silver Coast Finest

Nice photo..Hehehe Hmm interesting article, Keep it up..

Kent @ The Financial Philosopher

Thank for the comment Paul! Cheers...

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