A Bodey in Motion

Building momentum, one step at a time

Quick Hits: Jesus was dirty. PhDs receiving welfare. Fredric Wertham, lying bastard.

  • The horror...of lying psychiatristsEarlier this year, I came upon an article which I think does a great job of describing the “fully man” side of Jesus. The man Jesus wasn’t walking around clean-cut with a halo over his head. He was dirty and calloused. His family suffered when times were tough. He might even have had dysentery. Painting a more profoundly human picture of Jesus as a man doesn’t weaken him as a Savior. How much more did he have to live fully in the providence of the Father as that final act of sacrifice was played out? As ‘fully God’ he knew what had to happen, and he was still ‘fully man’ enough to ask if the cup could pass from him. It’s just astonishing.
  • If you are half the comic book geek that I am, you know the name Fredric Wertham. He was the crusading author of the book Seduction of the Innocent which asserted that children were more likely to engage in violence, sex, drug use, etc. when they regularly read about it in crime, superhero and horror comic books. His work basically led to the creation of the Comics Code Authority which effectively neutered the quality of comic book stories for the better part of half a century. Well, it turns out old Freddie relied on untrue revisions, distortions, and omissions when he presented the evidence that eventually led to the publication of his 1953 text that started it all. The lying bastard.

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What We Want From Work

Ultimately, I agree that work will not be fun all of the time. But I don't want work to be fun all the time. I want it to have meaning all of the time. Even if you're doing a menial task that is way beneath you, I want it to have meaning.

We first seek out work to pay the bills. Eventually, though, we realize that the paycheck just isn’t enough to endure the daily struggle of employment. Once our base needs are met, we start pursuing something more.

Purpose.

Impact.

Meaning.

March 28, 2013 Posted by | Work and Money | , , , | Comments Off on What We Want From Work

FPU Lesson 4 – Dumping Debt

The fourth week of FPU attacks the biggest problem most of us have when it comes to winning financially. Out-of-control debt. Below are my notes from the lesson, including the key points that I highlight from the video when leading the class, and some supplemental material that I think could help the class go further on this topic.

Financial Peace Unversity

Lesson 4, Dumping Debt

Key Points

Consumer debt has only become accepted as normal in America over the last 40 years. The credit card has only been in existence since 1950. It wasn’t until after 1970 that their use became widespread. Your ‘need’ for a good credit score is a recent invention. The Sears catalog used to warn customers against buying on credit, and now it’s their biggest money-making department.

Don’t believe myths about debt. It isn’t part of a healthy financial plan. Debt is a product being sold. Remember that whenever they offer a financing option. You’re being sold a product that is tremendously profitable for them. You don’t have to have a car payment. “90 days same-as-cash” isn’t actually the same as cash. Your FICO score has nothing to do with your financial stability. You can live a perfectly normal life without ever touching debt.

Remember the importance of gazelle intensity. It’s very easy in our culture to wander into a crippling amount of debt. Between stupid loans and consolidations, you can suddenly wake up and find yourself under a mountain of payments. Escaping from that kind of mess takes focus, sacrifice, and intensity. The same motivation a gazelle has when it’s running for its life.

Challenge

Chop some plastic. The first step to getting out of debt is to STOP borrowing more money. This is the week we break out the scissors and ask the class if they’d like to cut up some credit cards.

Go Deeper

If you want a more honest picture of how debt and wealth really works, check out these resources:

Next week, Lesson 5 – Buyer Beware.

March 27, 2013 Posted by | Marriage and Family, Past and Future, Work and Money | , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Quick Hits: Correct your false thinking about money. And life. Also, a chimp chooses porn.

  • Finally, I’m not exactly sure how to hit this. See, Gina the chimp has been given access to a television set. She’s mastered the remote control, and now enjoys watching human pornography every night. The article doesn’t indicate why, but I’m sure there’re are a whole host of theories. And it’s a funny story, which is why I’m putting it here. However, I’m concerned by the use of “addicted” in the article. There’s a tendency to refer to any hard-to-break habit or harmful practice as an addiction, and they’re really not the same thing. Unless the chimpanzee is suffering anxiety, nausea, cold sweats and tremors when denied her favorite smut, then it’s probably not an addiction. Otherwise, I hope Gina finds a nice 12-Step program.

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