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European royalty and nobility have historically considered manual labor beneath them.  Maria von Trapp, heir of Europe, discovered her need to abandon that tradition once in America.  At first, if working in her garden when guests unexpectedly arrived, she kept them waiting while she hurriedly changed from work to dress clothes.  She soon learned to accept herself, whatever clothes she wore, because Americans accepted her, whatever clothes she wore.  An embarrassing accident proved the egalitarian American spirit.  An icy reception first met her family’s singing.  Then, as she sang, a fly of unerring accuracy flew into her open mouth.  After ruefully choking down the offender and laughing, she found the ice broken and the audience warmly applauding.

In the 18th century Spain, royalty and nobility didn’t believe in work.  As Durant wrote, millions made a virtue of indolence.  Indeed, they saw begging as a virtue.  Story of Civilization, X, 287

America must have numerous descendants of European royalty and nobility.  Many families here live on perpetual, generations-long welfare.  They consider it their privilege to beg from the public dole and the responsibility of workers to continue funding them.

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I read the story of a 55 year old managing partner of an accounting firm.  She’s 21 years from her self-chosen retirement age.  But worries now about who will succeed her when she retires.  San Diego U-T, 8/14/17

Since Jesus said it was sinful to worry about tomorrow, Matthew 6:34, worrying about 21 years from now is outrageously sinful.  It’s like the TV ad for AARP.  A lady of some 60 years assures us she has a “long life ahead.”  Who says?  True, statistics are in her favor.  But who’s to say she won’t be the exception defying the stats and dying before her “dotage?”

Why do we assure ourselves of life until retirement and show no interest in life beyond death?  Why do we so assiduously store up for eventual retirement but pile up nothing for final retirement?  Jesus called a fool, Luke 12:20, the man who stored up for a comfortable leisure.  Will he call us Solomonic if we accumulate all we treasure and own while we’re paupers before God?


Tomorrow:  Trying to find with God everywhere but where it exists.

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