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Saturday, May 4, 2013

Negative Motivations

Would you bother to pick up a penny from the gutter? Three pennies? A nickel? Dollar bill? What amount is worth the effort? (Serendipity Bible 10th Anniversary Edition, page 1213).

Hope is a fundamental currency. It should not be surprising to find that those without hope are often those who show little effort. I know a young man encumbered with precisely such a situation. He was a crack baby and was born slow. He is now in his early 20s with no incentive whatever to work hard; for no matter how hard he works and what effort he expends, his return is certain to be no more than a pittance. Due to his mother’s behavior while he was in the womb, he is destined—even fated—to endure forever the dead hand of poverty. I cannot help but wonder how those who fancy themselves vastly superior and more industrious than my friend would feel under identical conditions. How much gung ho effort would they expend with no hope ever of more than poverty’s subsistence? Those rich in hope and dreams of escalating financial rewards are in no position whatever to judge those imprisoned below a lead ceiling.

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