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There are many negatives associated with jobs and working in organizations for other people. To me the ideal is an independent lifestyle in which you work for yourself. Q. Why do so many people in our society work for others? A. We live in a highly organized, highly interdependent society where most of the jobs available involve working for others. Whether we are talking about manufacturing, service industries, government jobs, teaching, etc. they all involve working for others. And because the cost of living is so high (i.e. you have to pay the rent, buy food, etc.), and because everyone else works for others, most people take that route because it seems the simple, natural and easy route to take. And once they have taken that route their appetite for all the "good things of life" starts increasing and they start buying expensive houses, cars, clothes, etc.. And as their appetites increase so the money requirements needed to support the lifestyle increases. Their "cost of living" goes higher and higher. And where does all the money needed to support their selected lifestyle come from? Their job. And so the job becomes more and more important because their job is the underpinning, the entire support, for their expensive lifestyle. A threat to their job is a threat to their entire lifestyle. They become a slave to their job. To lose or quit it would be unthinkable. They need it so much they would do almost anything to keep it, including bending a few moral principles. Their needs become iron chains binding them to their jobs. Q. How can one attain the ideal, that independent, self- sufficient lifestyle in which one is working for himself? A. Because most jobs in which you are working for yourself may, at the start at least, pay much less than those in which you are working for others I would say there are two first steps: 1) Reduce your wants. Ask yourself how little you really need in order to be happy; ask what the minimum is that you really need. Try to devise in your mind a lifestyle that is the simplest possible in wants and needs. 2) Reduce your requirements for cash money. The more cash money you need for your lifestyle the more likely it is you will have to take a job working for others. If, however, you can conceive for yourself a lifestyle in which you have built your own house out of adobe for almost nothing (and thus have no mortgage payments), you grow your own food (and thus have few needs for cash in that regard), have no car (so you are not paying out the high costs of car ownership), etc. then your requirements for cash income is low and the independent, self- sufficient lifestyle starts sounding feasible. How about a homestead out in the country where you have a goat, a few rabbits, a flock of geese and a garden? Q. What are the things in the American lifestyle that are the big requirers of cash? A. The following: - rent payments (or house payments) - cars (cost of owning and operating) - food - clothes - medical expenses - entertainment - taxes - utility bills (heating, cooling, etc.) Apr 1981
The Way of Truth and Life
God's message to the world
Jesus Christ and His Teachings
Words of Wisdom
Way of enlightenment, wisdom, and understanding
Way of true Christianity
America, a corrupt, depraved, shameless country
On integrity and the lack of it
The test of a person's Christianity is what he is
Who will go to heaven?
The superior person
On faith and works
Ninety five percent of the problems that most people have come from personal foolishness
Liberalism, socialism and the modern welfare state
The desire to harm, a motivation for conduct
The teaching is:
On modern intellectualism
On Self-sufficient Country Living, Homesteading
Principles for Living Life
Topically Arranged Proverbs, Precepts, Quotations. Common Sayings. Poor Richard's Almanac.
America has lost her way
The really big sins
Theory on the Formation of Character
You are what you eat
People are like radio tuners --- they pick out and listen to one wavelength and ignore the rest
Cause of Character Traits --- According to Aristotle
These things go together
We are what we eat --- living under the discipline of a diet
Avoiding problems and trouble in life
Role of habit in formation of character
The True Christian
What is true Christianity?
Personal attributes of the true Christian
What determines a person's character?
Love of God and love of virtue are closely united
Walking a solitary road
Intellectual disparities among people and the power in good habits
Tools of Satan. Tactics and Tricks used by the Devil.
On responding to wrongs
Real Christian Faith
The Natural Way -- The Unnatural Way
Wisdom, Reason and Virtue are closely related
Knowledge is one thing, wisdom is another
My views on Christianity in America
The most important thing in life is understanding
Sizing up people
We are all examples --- for good or for bad
Television --- spiritual poison
The Prime Mover that decides "What We Are"
Where do our outlooks, attitudes and values come from?
Sin is serious business. The punishment for it is real. Hell is real.
Self-imposed discipline and regimentation
Achieving happiness in life --- a matter of the right strategies
Self-control, self-restraint, self-discipline basic to so much in life
We are our habits
What creates moral character?