Needleman shows how money slowly came to haunt us, from the invention of coins in Biblical times to our money-obsessed modern era. This remarkable book combines myth, psychology, the poetry of the Sufis, and the wisdom of King Solomon with the author's searching of his soul to determine the true meaning of what it means to have money and to have a ...
Needleman shows how money slowly came to haunt us, from the invention of coins in Biblical times to our money-obsessed modern era. This remarkable book combines myth, psychology, the poetry of the Sufis, and the wisdom of King Solomon with the author's searching of his soul to determine the true meaning of what it means to have money and to have a good life.
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Publishers Weekly, 1991-09-20 Philosopher Needleman ( The New Religions ) believes that our obsession with money and compulsion for material wealth undercut personal authenticity: ``The money question is formed in us at the very roots of our personality,'' instilling a narrow attitude of personal gain. If only we would step back and look at the emotional and spiritual effects money has on us, the green stuff could ``serve the aim of self-knowledge'' and become ``a tool for breaking out'' of our mental prison, insists Needleman. Then we would appreciate existence as a gift. How to accomplish this self-transformation is not spelled out in this portentous sermon, which draws on ancient Greek and Hebrew views of hell, Christian teachings, the legend of King Solomon, Eastern wisdom, Meister Eckhart, Rilke, Emerson and an analysis of Max Weber and the roots of modern capitalism. (Nov.)
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