Posts Tagged 'spiritual growth'

MONEY IS A MEANS TO AN END—NOT AN END

I have a bachelor of arts degree, and a year of graduate studies, from the University of South Alabama, in the field of English and creative writing.

No, I can’t get a job with this degree.

No, I can’t earn money with this degree.

But I do use it—I use it constantly.

I’m somewhat concerned about the financial prospects of young people who are earning degrees in non-lucrative fields, such as mine.

Yet I’m especially concerned about the intellectual and spiritual prospects of young people who are earning degrees in highly lucrative fields, such as medicine and Internet technology.

Because young people who are earning degrees in non-lucrative fields, such as mine, are almost always earning these degrees for all the right reasons.

And young people who are earning degrees in highly lucrative fields, such as medicine and Internet technology, are almost never earning these degrees for all the right reasons.

And besides, I am not desperately poor because I have a degree in English and creative writing—I am desperately poor for reasons that have nothing to do with my degree.

Yet I apply my degree constantly, tirelessly, and very purposefully.

Money is a means to an end—not an end.

MIND (AND SPIRIT) OVER MATTER

I have never been in such poor physical health as I am now.  And I need to do something about it, for whatever remains of my life in this hell world.

Nevertheless, I realize, as do millions of other human beings all over the world, that physical fitness is ultimately of little to no importance.  There are at least two reasons why:

Physical growth is achieved during, or just after one’s adolescence.  All one has to do after that is maintain his/her physical health.  In other words, physical growth is achieved before death.  At a certain point–in this life–one has arrived, physically.  But one has never arrived intellectually or spiritually, until death–if even then.  Intellectual and spiritual growth never end, in this life.  While the development of one’s body is complete, at a certain point in this life, the development of one’s mind and spirit is never complete–there is always room for more growth, intellectually and spiritually.

Yet there is another reason, of even more significance:  We do not know that the mind and spirit transcend death.  But we do know, with absolute certainty, that the body does not transcend death.  Simply put, no matter how healthy and well-maintained your body is, it will cease to exist, soon if not immediately after your death.  However, your mind and your spirit may not cease to exist–they may continue into the next universe (the hereafter).  Thus intellectual and spiritual growth best be far above physical fitness on your priority list–no matter how young you are. Because death can come at any moment for anyone–and death will  come for everyone.


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