4.19, From saving to investment

From production to saving to investment in moral prosperity. He who produces virtue has something precious and unearthly. Earthly goods, while able to be stored and saved, are subject to corruption and even conquest. Earthly goods, in addition, are subject to loss when invested. This does not mean it is not worth storing securely earthly …

4.18, On setting up shop for prosperity (moral)

The following amounts to an over-simplified (but the older I get the simpler things become dear reader--note I did not say easier, simpler and easier are not equivalent or synonymous) plan for setting up shop for prosperity. If you have read the proclamations of the Puritanical Libertarian, you know by now that he is for …

4.17, Proof of the Value of Self-Development

The proof is unnecessary. Yet, so much of what is unnecessary to he who sees clearly is necessary for he who is foggy or less clear. Premise 1: Either the world inhabited is prosperous or not (in trouble). Premise 2: If in a time of prosperity, then any prosperity that is offered will be better …

4.16, On Simultaneous Dual Usage of the World

For so long the other worldliness of the sage has been set against the worldliness of the the chief, king, CEO or senior comrade. The logical distinction is one of abstraction, but he who works with either exemplar must take care. What we hold up in the sage is the pinnacle of being in but …

4.15, On the world as ready production material

It is the Stoics that showed me most clearly the wealth of material that each of us is given for production. The Stoics are rising in popularity again, and this is predictable given the failure of the cesspool of chaos being served at the trough of the local feed-the-addiction saloon that I generally call screen-time. …

4.14, On the warning about boredom

An interlude. The next post (4.15) continues with the production of virtue. Here we are in the middle between old and new. That means we are simultaneously at the end of the old and at the beginning of the new. One of the predictable feelings in the middle is lostness. Far enough away from the …

4.13, The conversion of waste into life-sustaining good

In one sense there is little new under the sun. The prime matter that underlies all change is neither created nor destroyed. In it is potential. What of that potential is actualized in form is new. Newness can be taken in two ways: brand new and new to he who has never encountered before or …

4.12, Homesteading

Homesteading is the conversion of unowned (and so unused) material to owned (and so used) property. Ownership must be accompanied by signs of use. This is gestured at in Locke's labor theory of property by which ownership is gained through the intermixture of body and labor with unowned material. I can't wait to get back …

4.11, Living in the Wilderness

As the Puritanical Libertarian frames things down here (the only place he has ever been), there is both need for and possibility of development. This development he has characterized as the production of virtue. He has warned against the expectations and predictions about the time and cost of the production of virtue given that those …

4.10, What F- is For

Warning: in our contemporary setting the word I am going to use has been so ill-used in so many ways that it will likely repulse. Let's try. "Faith". Are you still here reader? I ask you to stay. There will be no alter call. There will be no promises that everything will be ok. There …