Greed And Selfishness

This morning I woke up at 3:50. By 7:00, I had read the USA Today, watched an hour of SportsCenter, watched the early morning news and read thru a few hundred news articles online. This is my usual schedule each morning.

I don’t know what it was about this morning, but more than ever I recognized a strong theme behind all that I had read and seen. Greed.

Common in all the business deals, policitic promises, sporting events, and entertainment activities, was selfishness and greed. Money seemed to be the motivation in every decision made. Whether it was obvious in athlete contracts or carefully cloaked in campaign plans, it was certainly present and it weighed on me.

I let these feelings dictate my morning scripture study. In my reading, I read thru a warning given a while ago by Joseph Fielding Smith. I believe these words to be absolutely true.

As long as they have in their hearts selfishness and greed, and the desire for power and for wealth, and for all of the other things that belong to this world, and forget the things of the kingdom of God, there will be no peace, and there will be no contentment. There will be quarreling and contention, strife and war, and in the midst of all their labor, trouble will come which they could avoid, and that very easily, by repentance, getting contrite spirits and broken hearts, and loving their neighbors; but this they will not do.

I think that greed is to blame for many of the problems we’re facing today. I wish that there was less of it on all levels.


A Boost For Your Scripture Reading

I try to keep an eye on the speeches that BYU makes available. Any time that there is a speech posted by a General Authority, I like to put it on a cd and listen to it in the car. They offer the MP3 files free for this purpose.

Just a bit ago they posted a talk from David A. Bednar, one of newest members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. It is called “A Reservoir of Living Water and it is fantastic. If you’re trying to improve your ability of reading and searching the scriptures, this will help. It’s fantastic.


Thinking About Thinking

At the recommendation of a friend, I sat down to read “As A Man Thinketh” by James Allen. It was wonderful.

The book was published in 1902 and has been read and offered all over the world. It talks about the power of thinking and how your thoughts literally make up who and what you are. It has a literal connection to your surroundings, financial state, health, actions, etc. It is a book often cited by the leaders of my church and has great advice and instruction in it.

I’ve always been a thinker. I very much enjoy working thru problems in my head. I enjoy thinking of new avenues to take and new ideas to spread. I enjoy being offered new topics and then trying to educate myself and form an opinion on them. I really appreciated the way that this book reinvigorated and reconstructed my thought process.

A few of my favorite quotes:

Let a man radically alter his thoughts, and he will be astonished at the rapid tansformation it will effect in the material conditions of his life. Men imagine that thought can be kept secret, but it cannot; it rapidly crystalizes into habit, and habit solidifies into circumstance.

Circumstance does not make the man, it reveals him unto himself.

I really enjoyed this book. In fact, I just ordered 15 copies so I could have them on hand to give to people who I think will benefit from and enjoy it. It’s a small book, and a quick read.

It is offered for $3.50 here. Also, since it was published so long ago, it is now in public domain and so I have it available as a download here. (Link to pdf) Print it out, mark it up, find application to yourself.

I hope you enjoy it. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

PS, Richard, the copy you let me borrow got all worked in and marked up. When I receive my batch of new books, I’ll have one in the mail to you.