spendius wrote :
Re: hamburger(Post 3541780)
Are you equating the spending of money with enjoying life?
since we just came back from a short walk through the neighbourhood , i can say that i do not equate the spending of money (just for the sake of spending it) with enjoying life .
while it was a little cool - minus 12 C - , the sun was shining and our neighbour's dog visited for a bellyscratch and some just reward (milkbones) .
so we definetely enjoyed our short outing without spending any money (except for milkbones ; but annie earns her keep , she watches our house as if it were her own and warns off any trespassers ) .
we also enjoy live concerts and other live performances (theatre) .
i don't expect the performers to entertain me for free and happily pay to attend those performances .
in the summer we like to sit in our garden and except for paying for some annuals - most of our flowers are perennials - and the tax on our lot , it's for free and very enjoyable .
we also like to see new and old places near and far . some places are nearby and we can drive to them , others are farther away and we need to use other means of travel - rail , bus , airplane , ship .
we also enjoy meeting the many people from different parts of our country and from other countries of the world .
we have certainly been able to learn more of the world we live in and the people sharing the world with us .
we have enjoyed that part of our lives as much as going for a walk or sitting and working in the garden .
i don't see it as "one only but not the other" should be enjoyed .
as far as i know , the people from other nations that we met , have also learned from us (based upon what they told us) .
unless i mis-understood you , you also seem to equate the spending of money for the enjoyment of life as "profoundly contrary to Western Christian thinking. " .
that's really news to me .
i know for a fact that many "western christian" groups of different denominations organize and encourage the travel to other parts of the world .
is what these groups are doing "profoundly contrary to Western Christian thinking " ?
they can't do it for free , so somehow the spending of money is involved .
i would be interested in what you think of christians that encourage travel to other parts of our world .
take care !