Your money—or your way of life?

Yesterday on the commuter train, I was glancing through a current magazine article titled "Making Friends with Your Finances" because of its relation to the focus of this week's Sentinel. I was a little amazed at the following comment: "Certainly I can find security in a plump annuity, but also in the relationships I cultivate with others, with my own soul, and with God" (Jon Spayde, Utne, p. 57). Spayde went on to quote Friedrich Nietzsche: "He who knows the why of his life can make do with almost any how." Finding such radical and spiritually based statements in a secular magazine article was both surprising and refreshing.

Those ideas struck me as far above the usual depiction of money matters as an up-and-down, in-and-out, now-you-see-it, now-you-don't kind of carnival ride. And more manageable than thinking of economic concerns as so complicated and esoteric that you need an advanced degree even to begin to understand where to invest your money ... or your hopes.

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