On Becoming Rich

From Epictetus: (Moral Discourses, Bk 3, Chptr 20) The title of the chapter is everything: “That We Can Derive Advantage from All External Things” “This is the rod of Hermes: touch it what you please, as the saying is, and it will be of gold…Bring disease, bring death, bring poverty , bring abuse, bring trial …

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 …

On The ineffable, depth, proof.

There is always a running analogy between the material and moral. You see this in the sage Jesus’ teaching. He constantly speaks about seeds, weeds, managers, servants, wine, bread, birth. But what he is trying to convey, to deliver via the material spoken about, is what he calls the kingdom of the god. The kingdom …