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Landlords and Lovers, Part 4

In the past three posts, I have been looking at differences and similarities between economic and spiritual relationships. In the last post, I noted the importance of context. In this post, I will examine context in more detail.

Hindsight, it is said, is twenty-twenty. Armed with information obtained after a decision has been made, it is easy to identify a better decision. We have a broader and fuller context. The more we know, the better our decisions—if we consider all … Continue reading Landlords and Lovers, Part 4

Landlords and Lovers, Part 3

In the past two posts, I have examined the similarities between two different types of relationships—those that are primarily economic and those that are primarily spiritual. Both involve the pursuit of some value or values. In either type of relationship, a bad choice can have devastating consequences. How can we avoid those destructive consequences?

The guiding principle in any relationship with others should be justice—judging others by their words and actions and then acting accordingly. In many situations, this is … Continue reading Landlords and Lovers, Part 3

Landlords and Lovers, Part 2

In the last post, I noted that the tenant/landlord relationship is much like a spiritual relationship—friendship or romance. In both, we seek to attain some value.

In a spiritual relationship, we seek a reflection of ourselves in another person. We don’t trade money, bread, or housing. Instead, we trade the nature of our characters. We befriend and love those who possess and exhibit the character traits that we admire and respect.

The same is true of tenants. I seek tenants … Continue reading Landlords and Lovers, Part 2

Landlords and Lovers, Part 1

In addition to dispensing invaluable information about relationships, The Poodle is also a landlord. Interestingly, the tenant/landlord relationship is much like a romantic relationship.

Certainly, there are differences between the two types of relationships. The tenant/landlord relationship is primarily economic. A romantic relationship is primarily spiritual. But relationships that are primarily economic can have spiritual components, and relationships that are primarily spiritual can have economic components. In this series of posts, I’m going to focus on the former.

For example, … Continue reading Landlords and Lovers, Part 1

Narcissism, Selflessness, and Selfishness, Part 3

Because he shows no concern for others, the narcissist is often labeled as selfish. But selfishness means a concern with one’s long-term rational self-interest. As we saw in the last post, the narcissist isn’t concerned with his long-term well-being. He is motivated by short-term whims.

A truly selfish individual recognizes the tremendous benefit and pleasure other people offer. The selfish individual does not seek to serve or be served. He seeks to trade value for value. This is true in … Continue reading Narcissism, Selflessness, and Selfishness, Part 3