Friday, July 25, 2008

Personal Financial Crisis: What To Do?

If you are not obese on one hand and not malnutrition on the other, that means you are stuck in the middle. If that is so, then probably you are, like myself, being affected by current rising living costs in this greed-driven global world within these damned socio-economic and political systems.

What to do then?

First, repent. You may make some adjustments later. Repent first.

Repent from giving into these corrupted systems (spell consumerism). Repent from buying into what commercial advertisers told us. Repent from ignoring the less fortunate. We, the urbanized people, are often deluded. We stumbled. That's almost alright. Jesus is Lord.

And if you think picking up or re-reading Kiyosaki's 'Rich Dad, Poor Dad' will help, well you are not entirely wrong. Better, you can start by listening to Soo Inn's Don't Worry, Be Focused. "In difficult times, God helps us to discern our needs and wants."

Then you may read Pope's recent speech in Australia. Some except here:

Dear friends, life is not governed by chance; it is not random. Your very existence has been willed by God. Blessed and given a purpose (cf Gen 1:28)! Life is not just a succession of events or experiences, helpful though many of them are. It is a search for the true, the good and the beautiful. It is to this end that we make our choices; it is for this that we exercise our freedom; it is in this - in truth, in goodness, and in beauty - that we find happiness and joy. Do not be fooled by those who see you as just another consumer in a market of undifferentiated possibilities, where choice itself becomes the good, novelty usurps beauty and subjective experiences displace truth. (Emphasis added)

4 comments:

Augustinian Successor said...

What to do in a personal financial crisis?

Spend less, save more and maybe get a second job.

Sze Zeng said...

Hi Jason,

good points. Those too :)

The Inquisitor said...

Joshua, I think you will LOVE this article on the Rowan's Lambeth Conference in the light of your poverty awareness. :P


http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/damian_thompson/blog/2008/07/25/bishops_stuff_their_faces_then_ask_for_money

The Inquisitor said...

opps, the link is broken, well, just go to my blog, i posted the article.