The Rational Economic Actor (2)

A Parable

One's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.

The old rich man said to himself, "Soul, you have amassed much for yourself in many years. Relax and enjoy!" That night, he lay down to a deep and happy sleep, dreaming of another garage for his cars and a larger house with a white fence for his family to enjoy.

But before the man awoke, God said to him, "Child of dust, this night your soul will be required of you."


(bdebaca of flickr, CC2.0.)

Francis Chan spoke at my high school once. He showed us a spray bottle and pulled the trigger a few times. "You see that?" We saw a white mist for a second, maybe a second and a half before it disappeared into the air. "That's you." *spray* "There you went. Let me do it again, because it was too quick the first time."


"There. You're gone."


Do not store up for yourselves treasure in heaven, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.

Which one of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost?

"He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose."