Monday, March 12, 2012

Wealth and Theft

A L O H A !

Dock Of The Bay by Otis Redding on Grooveshark

Clicking on the Photos is Encouraged
Sittin` by the dock of the Bay

"The rich exist for the sake of the poor,
 but the poor exist 
for the salvation of the rich"
  " -poverty serves us better than wealth, 
especially since wealth becomes 
an obstacle
 even for those who do not devote themselves to it. 
Yet, when we must put aside our wrath, 
quench our envy, 
soften our anger, 
offer our prayers,
 and show a disposition
 which is reasonable, 
mild, kindly, and loving,
 how could poverty stand in our way?
"It is a better thing to feed the hungry 
than to raise the dead"
 St. John Chrysostom

 Magic Island shows her magic in this shot by Ted Trimmer

"Unless we look at a person 
and see the beauty
 there is in this person,
 we can contribute nothing to him. 

One does not help a person
 by discerning what is wrong, 
what is ugly, 
what is distorted. 
Christ looked at everyone he met,
 at the prostitute,
 at the thief,
 and saw the beauty hidden there. 

Perhaps it was distorted, 
perhaps damaged,
 but it was beauty none the less, 
and what he did 
was to call out this beauty.

Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh

Back in the day, Saturday Night may have meant a gig on my flute

" For most people, 
when they see someone in hunger, 
chronic illness, 
and the extremes of misfortune, 
do not even allow him a good reputation 
but judge his life by his troubles,
 and think that he is surely in such misery 
because of wickedness." 

St. John Chrysostom 
(+ 407 A.D) On Wealth and Poverty


I like to listen to the music in my head.  You?

“The bread which you do not use
 is the bread of the hungry; 
the garment hanging in your wardrobe
 is the garment of him who is naked;
 the shoes that you do not wear 
are the shoes of the one who is barefoot;
 the money that you keep locked away
 is the money of the poor;
 the acts of charity
 that you do not perform
 are so many injustices
 that you commit.”
 St. Basil the Great

 “- actually, it’s the upper-class people
 that are less likely to see
 that people around them need help —
 and therefore act unethically.”

 Scott Wiltermuth, 
 Social Status  Researcher,
USC. Marshall School of Business

" Human beings have accumulated
 in their coffers gold and silver,
 clothes more sumptuous than useful,
 diamonds and other objects
 that are evidence of war and tyranny;
 then a foolish arrogance hardens their hearts; 
for their brothers in distress, no pity. 

What utter blindness! . . . 
Attend not to the law of the strong 
but to the law of the Creator. 
Help nature
 to the best of your ability,
 honor the freedom of creation, 
protect your species from dishonor,
 come to its aids in sickness,
 rescue it from poverty .... 
Seek to distinguish yourself from others 
only in your generosity. 
Be like gods to the poor,
 imitating God's mercy.
 Humanity has nothing so much in common 
with God 
as the ability to do good. "

 St. Gregory Nazianzen 
(On Love of the Poor, cited on pp 295-6 of Clement's book)

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A recent study at the University of Minnesota
found that wealthy individuals
are more likely to 
behave unethically, take candy intended
for children,

In one of the experiments
drivers of more expensive cars
were more likely
to cut off other cars.
and refuse to wait
for pedestrians.

"The wealthy break rules,
not because they are desperate,
but because the feel
and want to get ahead."

Said Vladas Griskevicius, PhD

Such individuals were found
to have less empathy,
and are less likely
to perceive the impact
of their behavior
on others.

Study Author Paul Piff, PhD
discovered that when low-income individuals
were asked to imagine themselves
they subsequently behaved
as badly as
real rich people. 

This explains a lot
to me
about our politics.


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                             Warmly, cloudia

“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, 

and the life of the candle

 will not be shortened. 

Happiness never decreases 

by being shared.”



G-Man said...

You cute little Flautist you!!

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

The rich will never understand the poor unless they become poor one day !

Akelamalu said...

That's you on the flute??? WOW!

DeniseinVA said...

Food for thought and magical music to my ears. You are a lady of many talents. Have a wonderful day my friend.

Bitch said...

AGAIN you bring with this post food for thoughts…
You beautiful flute player..
Wish you a special week!!!

Daryl said...

neat old photo .. you've not changed at all

Charles Gramlich said...

Beauty doesn't seem quite the right word for seeing what is inside everyone, poor or rich alike. I understand the concept, but it's more like seeing the "worth" to me rather than beauty.

Jeannie said...

Some studies prove what everyone knows

21 Wits said...

What a delightful way to spend a Saturday night. :)

Dianne said...

I read that study
I also read that while just 1% of the general population can be called psychpaths that number rises to 5% of corporate executives at the top level
says something about why business is conducted the way it is

thanks for all the quotes and photos

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Always look for the positive, always look for the good and when possible share!!
Love the old snapshot of you Cloudia, very cool indeed.

Teresa said...

Great post, Cloudia!! Loved the quotes. It is very thought-provoking.

Betty Manousos said...

what an interesting and inspiring post, cloudia.
i'm with wong.

love the photos

Friko said...

My favourite here is the quote by St Basil. So simple, so true.

Young at Heart said...

inspiring ........thank goodness smiling is still free!!

Windsmoke. said...

All quotes today are food for thought and most thought provoking indeed :-).

Nezzy (Cow Patty Surprise) said...

We all know money is a tool, rich or poor money can't buy happiness.

How adorable ya are tootin' your flute!!!

God bless ya sweetie and have a sunshiny kinda day!!! :o)

Cloudia said...

AW! I'm gonna start "gigging" again thanks to you cool remarks about the old pic of me on my flute!

SO glad this post wasn't too heavy. Thanks for sharing your responses which all fed me. (and my musical vanity :-)

magiceye said...


namaste /\ from mumbai

SandyCarlson said...

You keep me thinking, and you keep me alive.

I have a student who is a Buddhist, and he lives what you write. He is my teacher.

Randy said...

I must agree, wonderful post.

Cloudia said...

love you. thanks

Elephant's Child said...

A woman of many, many talents and a wise one as well. Have a wonderful day.

RONW said...

that must been the Hideaway Bar.

LadyFi said...

Lovely post with wonderful shots and thoughts. Joy is indeed meant to be shared!

Cloudia said...

Hideaway - Waikiki's DIVE !

Thanks each of YOU