A Better Tool for the Job

Someone recently wrote to me: It seems that you have tried to elevate business to a religion to fill the hole left when you dumped Christianity. And then: Perhaps your hatred of religion... At any rate, business and the market are not my "religion" and I don't "hate" religion. The whole thing--all things really--come down to what values individuals adopt and hold. I use the term "value" broadly. That is, anything that a person seeks to gain, hold, adopt, or keep, including ideas (not just material things). In this sense, values can be good or bad for people, i.e., they can enhance or diminish a person in various ways depending upon what sort of values they are and how a person interacts with the values he upholds. In me personally, there was a tremendous value shift fourteen years ago. I began to realize that what happens to me in life is a direct result of what I value or disvalue. If I value a certain set of religious beliefs to the exclusion of other competing ideas, either just different or in contradiction, then my life tends in one direction. But what if this direction is one where I may not...

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Richard Nikoley

I'm Richard Nikoley. Free The Animal began in 2003 and as of 2022, contains over 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from health, diet, and food to travel and lifestyle; to politics, social antagonism, expat-living location and time independent—while you sleep—income. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. Read More
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