And this is how that suffering happens–if we love someone, but do not love God, we demand total perfection and righteousness from that person, and when we do not get it we become cruel and vindictive; yet we are demanding of a human being something which he or she cannot possibly give.

There is only one Being who can completely satisfy to the absolute depth of the hurting human heart, and that is the Lord Jesus Christ.

– Oswald Chambers My Utmost for His Highest


Views on work

The only good work, in (one) view, is work that helps make us money so that we can support our families and pay others to do menial work. Second, we believe that lower-status or lower-paying work is an assault on our dignity.

One result of this belief is that many people take jobs that they are not suited for at all, choosing to aim for careers that do not fit their gifts but promise higher wages and prestige. Western societies are increasingly divided between the highly renumerated ‘knowledge classes’ and the more poorly renumberated ‘service sector,’ and most of us accept and perpetuate the value judgements that attach to these categories.

Another result is that many people will choose to be unemployed rather than do work that they feel is beneath them, and most service and manual labor falls into this category. Often people who have made it into the knowledge classes show great disdain for the concierges, handymen, dry cleaners, cooks, gardeners, and others who hold service jobs.

The biblical view…

– Tim Keller/Katherine Leary Alsdorf Every Good Endeavor

It wasn’t always like this

I spoke to a man, now in his eighties, who was one of the pioneers of the hedge fund industry. He told me that in the late 1950s and most of the 1960s, the great majority of the best and the brightest did not want to go into financial services–they wanted to go into education and science. They wanted to teach the young, put people on the moon, and solve world hunger. And the leading voices of the day told them they could do it.

At some point by the late 1980s he sensed a change in society. There was far less optimism about social progress or even how to define it. People were divided by the culture wars. Cynicism set in, and over time the most ambitious and talented people wanted to go into business and finance. The perception was that unless you were a highly paid professional, you could not live a fulfilled, free life.

– Tim Keller Every Good Endeavor

Which brings us to money. It’s finally time to channel your Angela Merkel and get tough with your young Alexis Tsipras.

– Rob Lazebnik ‘They’re back! How to cope with returned college grads‘ The Wall Street Journal

Alternative energy source

I’m concerned about a massive power failure during trading hours. How can I keep on top of my positions and the markets if disaster strikes? 

It’s good to hear you have your priorities straight in times of crisis. The most straightforward solution is a gas-powered generator into which you can plug your computer. But a more affordable option that doesn’t rely on fossil fuels would be 10,000 gerbils in a turbine.

– The Trader Guy at TD Ameritrade thinkMoney/28