Sunday, August 7, 2016

What to Do with a Windfall?

OK, so what are we supposed to do with a windfall?

16 And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully:17 And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?18 And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods.19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.20 But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?

Jesus said just before this parable
15 And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.
Are you about accumulation or lifestyle?  Here is the smart thing to do...

Sell the surplus while it is fresh until it is gone.  Sell it on credit as well as cash.  Yes, of course this will lower the price due to a surplus, and you would get a better price if you waited for a shortage.  But entrepreneurs do not take risks, and building barns is risky business.  All that wealth on display invites confiscation.

By selling the surplus on credit (at no interest) you do help keep the price high, for people will pay more when using credit.  To sell throughout the community is to have much of the community owing you.  You can be quite forbearing as to when people pay you, since you need not the cash right away, plus you can take payment not in money or in kind, but in chickens and eggs and pumpkin pies if you like.  You are wealthy without anyone knowing.

The hegemon cannot tax what he cannot see, and if what he sees is high up and far away, he never gets to it, since there are so many people who put up barns to store their accumulation.

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