Chapter 4. Philosophers

Matthew 6:19

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.”


Workers toil for only delusions. An individual has in himself his own divinity without deference to popes or priests. It is only society, general prejudices, and the concern of others that cloud his days, so that his soul is lost in darkness. If he would attend to ungoverned nature, he would find his own spirit naturally disposed to goodness and beauty.

Enjoying life

Other animals play, even those that are fully grown. Watch otters scamper in the creek. Watch crows hop and squawk. Adulthood doesn’t mean that grim toil must supplant playfulness and pleasure.


After the basic necessities are met the rest is mainly for show, and there’s no need to develop humility when circumstances are not humbling. Similarly, wealth accumulates when generosity is not developed in proportion to wealth. Some think that fashionable clothing is a better way to gain respect than virtue and a good conscience. They say a wealthy man has many friends, but these are the kind that desert him when his wealth is gone.


The train travels faster than a man who walks but it costs a lot more. If you account for how much time it takes to earn the fare, walking is more efficient.