May 4th ~ Training the intellect does not result in intelligence. Rather, intelligence comes into being when one acts in perfect harmony, both intellectually and emotionally. There is a vast distinction between intellect and intelligence. Intellect is merely thought functioning independently of emotion. When intellect, irrespective of emotion, is trained in any particular direction, one may have great intellect, but one does not hav intelligence, because in intelligence there is the inherent capacity to feel as well as to reason; in intelligence both capacities are equally present, intensely and harmoniously.
. . . If you bring your emotions into business, you say, business cannot be well-managed or be honest. So you divide your mind into compartments: in one compartment you keep your religious interest, in another your emotions, in a third your business interest which has nothing to do with your intellectual and emotional life. Your business mind treats life merely as a means of getting money in order to live. So this chaotic existence, this division of your life continues. If you really used your intelligence in business, that is, if your emotions and your thoughts were acting harmoniously, your business might fail. It probably would. And you will probably let it fail when you really feel the absurdity, the cruelty, and the exploitation that is involved in this way of living.
Until you really approach all of life with your intelligence, instead of merely with your intellect, no system in the world will save man from the ceaseless toil for bread.
March 24th, 2020 ~ In times like this, it really shows how challenging owning a business is. Out of no fault of their own, businesses are on the brink. This is not new, though. Most businesses fail. It just takes longer and it happens sporadically, so we don’t notice it. This probably won’t provide any solace. Capitalism is brutal. It’s out of balance. This is a fact. Can we just sit with this without resisting it or trying to fix it? Can we see how we separate are means of making money with our feelings about it?