Archive for November, 2017

Work & Self Reliance

“In our friendly neighbor city of St. Augustine, great flocks of sea gulls are starving amid plenty. Fishing is still good, but the gulls don’t know how to fish. For generations they have depended on the shrimp fleet to toss them scraps from the nets. Now the fleet has moved. …

“The shrimpers had created a Welfare State for the … sea gulls. The big birds never bothered to learn how to fish for themselves and they never taught their children to fish. Instead they led their little ones to the shrimp nets.

“Now the sea gulls, the fine free birds that almost symbolize liberty itself, are starving to death because they gave in to the ‘something for nothing’ lure! They sacrificed their independence for a hand-out.

“A lot of people are like that, too. They see nothing wrong in picking delectable scraps from the tax nets of the U.S. Government’s ‘shrimp fleet.’ But what will happen when the Government runs out of goods? What about our children of generations to come?

“Let’s not be gullible gulls. We … must preserve our talents of self-sufficiency, our genius for creating things for ourselves, our sense of thrift and our true love of independence.” (“Fable of the Gullible Gull,” Reader’s Digest, Oct. 1950, p. 32.)

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Genesis 3

19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

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Proverbs 14

23 In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.

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Thessalonians 3

10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.

11 For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.

12 Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.

13 But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing.

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45  By devotion to one’s own particular duty, everyone can attain perfection.  Let me tell you how.

46  By performing one’s own work, one worships the Creator who dwells in every creature.  Such worship brings that person to fulfillment.

Bhagavad Gita 18  (Eknath Easwaran translation)

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– Tom Irvine

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Lord God, Mercy & Justice

These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.

Genesis 2:4

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In rabbinic conception, Adonai “Lord” represents the attribute of mercy, while Elohim “God” represents the attribute of justice. Both according to Genesis 2:4 were brought together at the making of heaven and earth.

Bialik & Ravnitzky, “The Book of Legends, Sefer Ha-Aggadah”

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