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Proverbs on money and happiness

In happiness on July 16, 2009 at 10:11 am

This morning’s Thought for the Day on Radio 4 was by the ever observant Rev. Angela Tilby, who was recounting a TV drama she saw recently, underlining the folly of chasing money in the pursuit of happiness.

Who end up happier? The city banker, the ruthless salesman or the security guard. Perhaps there’s a certain predictability about who ends up being happiest at the end of the story. But Angela Tilby astutely links the story to the book of Proverbs: ‘Riches do not profit in the day of wrath’ and ‘Better to be poor and walk in integrity than to be rich and crooked in one’s ways.’

And as she concludes: ‘The longing for the happiness that money promises is so embedded in our minds that we are in danger of falling into a new delusion. This week all kinds of lobby groups have argued for more money; all for good and necessary things. But the cash has run out, and deep down we know it. There is no one to blame, but ourselves, who believed that money was infinite, like God and all we had to do was want it. We are going to have to learn to be poor and to find our security from within.’

The full text of her broadcast is available here.

Quoted text, copyright BBC.

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