“The really greatest things in life being beyond the power of mere money to buy or to corner, they are thus revealed as the possibility and privilege of all who will pay for them in the consecrated energy of body, mind, heart or soul. Let us seek to escape the miasma of today that has crept over the land, the money-worship, the constant talk of success as though it were merely a synonym for money-making.” ~ William George Jordan
The trouble with living in a miasma is that you don’t often realize that you are bound by its oppressive qualities. Take, for instance, the recent global malaise borne of the economic turbulence we’ve experienced over the last few years. The unrelenting discomfort of uncertainty is slowly becoming the new “normal” and it is becoming increasingly difficult to accurately remember what the previous “normal” was like.
The miasma of which Mr. Jordan speaks is now multi-generational. It is woven deep into the fabric of human thought and its influence can be seen and felt in almost everything human beings undertake. What exactly it would take to rid the body of humanity of this miasma I cannot be sure, though if it like most things, it will be cleared from one of two approaches: the first, a cataclysmic change and the second, a much more subtle remedy.
I typically prefer the latter, though human nature tends to gravitate toward the former. Nothing like a tight corner or a life-threatening situation to get people off their backsides and to make a change in the direction of what they knew to be right in the first place!
Success can be gained in many ways, though none surpass the development of character in the individual. Making money enhances the ability of those who possess character to be a blessing in the world. Pile a bunch of money on a foundation of questionable character, however, and you have a recipe for disaster.
The only way to escape this miasma is to concentrate your efforts on the development of a strong base of character. In so doing you will find that the comings and goings of money do not influence your state of being, neither do they influence the clarity and fineness of your expression.