Thursday, August 23, 2012

Talmudic wisdom, although not stated as such

“I did not earn money by fixing my own car, of course --just the opposite. The mechanic did not earn money. The people who rely on the mechanic to earn money will not earn money, and so forth. Ultimately, through a process which must be deduced, because it cannot be observed, this lack of commerce will ultimately filter its way through the entire economy to the point where someone will not buy what I make because I didn't hire the mechanic. It's the circle of life, except it's the circle of the death of commerce.”

The Talmud says you should hire things done, even if you can do them yourself. Otherwise, you cheat a man of his livelihood.

I don’t know why, but I do not agree with we’re going down the tubes and our grandchildren will live on turnip greens and cornbread. Maybe it’s from being a rural American by birth and upbringing.

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