These excerpts are extracted from Jacob Needleman’s book, Money and the Meaning of Life, New York: Currency Doubleday, , Chapters 13, 14 & Amit (Host): Today, our guest is none other than Jacob Needleman, someone who really embodies today’s theme and hopefully we’ll be able to. Called Money and the Meaning of Life, the author is Jacob Needleman, a professor of philosophy at San Francisco State University.

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Does it make sense to you to put it that way? I was just talking to a friend of mine who was saying that,” you may feel like you are spiritually light because of this newfound foot looseness. And then suddenly there was this thing that appeared in my senior year at college called Zen Buddhism. They forget the whole human condition. I really appreciate you taking part of your Saturday to spend it with us. So I can’t give you a simple thing to say to do right away.

So there needs to be some kind of organization or community where the main value is the inner growth, inner presence. You wrote in “Money and the Meaning of Life,” “The money question is so strong not because money is ultimately real but because our experiences with it have become for most of us the most vivid and intense experiences of our lives.

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Ermalinda Horne rated it liked it Jul 19, It is therefore not a question of getting rid of javob desires or fears. You need money and you need the help of people with money. I met a guy who worked his way up from zero to a half-billion dollars. Is it to codify the illusions that you have about what’s good and what’s bad? In terms of the relationship with time and money, there are some people, more enlightened people will say, ” I just want to spend my time doing what I want to do.


DailyGood is a portal that lofe inspiring quotes and news stories that focus on the “good” we can find in our world daily along with a simple action to continue that goodness. That is very rare to posses. All our vivid emotions are tied to desires and fears dealing with the outer world.

Money And The Meaning Of Life

That excitement is something we all have to acknowledge as part of ourselves. Buddhist compassion is a very good example of unconditional love toward fellow beings. In the concluding chapter of his book, Dr. I would highly recommend it especially to younger people. And this awareness appears in the first instance as an acceptance of the incompatibility of these two worlds. But how about the guy next door? Farewell Badger 6, reads Nov Having lots of money can be like a drug.

It is the experience of this contradiction that can become monney source of inner intensity in our modern lives. Well, I knew that I wanted always to be a scientist. We have a caller Sophia, who is a seeker, who has chosen to leave behind certain games needlemab learned how to look genuinely at herself.

I think you have to be very lost to find this clarifying. We can do no great things, only small things with great love.

Can you give any other examples of other texts from other traditions which help characterize unconditional love?

It may be rooted in the Protestant ethic and the spirit of capitalism; Max Weber had a thesis that Calvinistic Protestantism looked upon success in the world as a sign of God’s favor.

Jerry, thank you noney much. We will never be free of the money demon through what we now call love, ethics, or science and art. Can you give an example of somebody that might have been freed from some material focus by this intense study of self examination in their attitude toward money?


You know you must change your life and that this can only happen by searching for companions and conditions that will support the appearance of this moment of opening. The wisdom you impart in that book!

Jacob Needleman: Money and the Meaning of Life

I don’t want to spend my life asking people for money. And as money has become the principal means for organizing contact with the outer world, there is nothing more vivid—for most of us—than the question of how to have, get, make, accumulate money. And we see how rare that is. We’ve all had moments, may be in moments of great danger, where we suddenly had to act in a way that astonishes us with our compassion or moments of great joy, watching the birth of a child so forth or moments of great disappointment or just plain moments of any old thing just walking down the street or when we are lying in our crib and our mama comes in with cookies and milk, suddenly this feeling of presence, this is the key.

Money is about love and relationships.

And that means in the first place, to be able to listen. Someone might say, ” well momey itself is meaningful. In every human life there are glimpses of the inner world, glimpses that could lead us to the search for the real inner self.

I know you’ve written that in some of your writings.