Science and religion today are often treated as irreconcilable foes: Debates over things like teaching evolution in schools and abortion are usually divided along those lines. But the relationship between science and religion is much more complex than simple opposition. Over the course of history, there have been several attempts to harmonize the two, and the dynamic between these disciplines has been constantly evolving over millenia.
It may be unpleasant to think about, but money is really one of the most important things in your life whether you realize it or not. Especially in today’s economy, what you do with your money is going to have a big impact not just on obvious things like your financial future, but also how you’re perceived by friends and employers. Learning to save rather than spend doesn’t mean that you have to be greedy or compromise on your values; instead you should remind yourself of what is really necessary and use the money you save for the right causes.
If it’s no secret that money is a huge part of contemporary life, then it’s equally well-known that it can be a harmful force if valued too much, and that true happiness is not based on material or monetary worth. For better or for worse, though, simply being careless with your money won’t solve your problems, and will likely make things worse. Even if you have learned not to care too much about money, it’s undeniably important for the others in your life . If you are the provider for a household or a parent of children, having money means being able to pay for your children’s education. If you have an elderly relative, it’s *extremely* important to be able to pay for their hospital bills and prescriptions. On top of that, events like weddings, funerals, or family reunions can run up expenses; all of these things are important and by being frivolous with your financial assets you may end up hurting rather than helping yourself.
That’s why learning to save or be more cautious with your money. Cut down on luxuries — try to eat out less, spend less on things like clothes you don’t need and unnecessary amenities around the house.Try vacationing domestically instead of paying a lot for international travel costs. Visit websites like frugaldad.com to find out about coupons and other tips that will help you save money; cutting costs can be a daily effort but there are a lot of resources out there that can be a huge help.
Finally, be sure you use the capital you save towards something worthwhile or important! All of the things mentioned before — education, family gatherings, etc. — are obvious choices, but also be sure to think about giving to charities, non-profits, or other philanthropic causes. You’ll end up being glad that you made the effort to stretch your money, and also make a difference for the better without losing sight of what’s important.
Deciding whether or not to attempt to contact your deceased loved ones is a very personal decision that should be heavily considered. While the idea of getting a chance to talk to your friend or family member one more time is probably very attractive, you must consider the potential long term effects such a communication could have on everyone involved. First, consider your motivations for reaching out to them: what are you trying to achieve? Continue reading “Should You Contact Your Deceased?” »
I’ve had a rough year, and it’s no secret. After being laid off from downsizing firm, I went from making a very comfortable living to having no income whatsoever. Tasks I performed mindlessly before, such as grocery shopping or filling my gas tank, became stressful situations where I had to count every penny I spent. Tight funds, coupled with my inability to find a new job and my resulting bad mood, strained my relationship with my wife and children to almost the breaking point. Continue reading “Jungian Analysis” »