These excerpts are extracted from Jacob Needleman’s book, Money and the Meaning of Life, New York: Currency Doubleday, , Chapters 13, 14 & Amit (Host): Today, our guest is none other than Jacob Needleman, someone who really embodies today’s theme and hopefully we’ll be able to. Called Money and the Meaning of Life, the author is Jacob Needleman, a professor of philosophy at San Francisco State University.

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I wanted to study biology, wanted to study life and was deeply involved in that sort of thing ever since I was child and growing up. We don’t want to call that word. I just mean they were opposing of, especially Thoreau was opposing government as you said, turn from enabling to forcing or compelling things in a certain way that’s against liberty. But teaching philosophy as a kind of a mission to bring the hope to younger people that can appear in a person when they discover that part of themselves, which is like a great seed waiting to be developed and nourished.

How do I keep this money from overwhelming me? What you bring meanibg from your own guts and heart.

Money And The Meaning Of Life

How can we be in the world, as they say, but not of it? It usually has to be introduced as it has been for thousands of years by men mwaning women of higher inner development, who really know how to help people find this quality of self-knowledge.

To know money is to know the organizing, desiring, creating ways that we act in the world. You are speaking about a perennial question of human life. We cannot see the real world because we are not in contact with the deeper powers of thought and sensing within ourselves that could perceive it.

It is that sense that we sometimes have had I really want to thank all of you for joining us.


It has an immense influence on everything we do. Thanks so much Amit. How do you reconcile our material and spiritual needs so that you can stay grounded yet integrated and authentic in both pursuits? But we must not forget that the main reason we have bought and sold God, truth, and morality is that the forms we have used to relate to these ideals no longer offer us the direct experiences of them that are possible and necessary for man.

Money and the Meaning of Life

Life in the external world begins to have more apparent value to the individual and the society. The material, which is focused on the world of action and doing and the spiritual or transcendent, longing for something higher greater and more inclusive of the ordinary self. He paused before replying.

These tje, customs, and manners were created to foster this interior contact not only as a thought in the mind or a momentary emotion, but also organically, in the very sensations of the body.

Somewhere there was a slippage or forgetting, a gradual or sudden movement of hope of mankind, the definition even of the greatness of humanity has been in the mastery of the outer world and it’s need to master the outer world in order ane survive and thrive. And what ends up happening, and I confidently feel that it’s my ego that does this, hat lens somehow turns away from me and then turns toward other people.

What, after all, is the point of physical survival without this inner contact? People come together with intelligence and relatively, relatively, good will and listen to each other and propose temporary solutions that have to be continually revised and looked at and redefined and revitalized.

The only way to succeed in the long run is to have somebody at the top prepared to handle the really difficult people questions, like dealing with success. The question is what went wrong and how to rebalance this. What I can say would be a little bit too personal to say it on the phone and on the air waves and so forth and so.


You just putting your responsibility on someone else or else you are just going to ruin yourself. A little bit too personal. Ermalinda Horne rated it liked it Jul 19, Ask people to remember the first time they ever lifd a large amount of money, and how it felt. But what the hell is my life for?

Money & the Meaning of Life

We are further told that this real world is not accessible to the senses or understandable by the ordinary mind. The money question is so strong not because money is ultimately real but because our experiences with it have become—for most of us—the most vivid and intense experiences of our lives.

jacobb Or, rather, that you are remembered, if you see what I mean. Most will tell you it was like electricity flowing into their hands. They would say to me, ” Hey, I know how to get to this foundation and get lots of money from them or this group of donors etc. Is that what you are saying? Today, our guest is none other than Jacob Needleman, someone who really embodies today’s theme and hopefully we’ll be able to dive into pf, “Money and the meaning of life. Jacob Needleman can be reached via email, jneedle sfsu.

I’ve written about love, about education, about psychiatry, but at a certain point I realized that the problem that haunts everyone the most is the money problem, and no one had written about money asking, what light does the spiritual vision of the world throw on how we are toward money?

You write in “Money and the Meaning of Life” that “money is the key to the question of who and what we are.