The trouble with amassing this world's wealth is that one ends up dying desolate.

Wednesday, 7/30/14

Jesus spoke of a wise men exchanging all this world’s riches for the joy of living in God’s friendship.

You might remember a Persian poem advising us to make the opposite choice. One quatrain of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khaayyam tells us:

Some for the glories of this world,
And some sigh for the Prophets Paradise to come,
Oh, take the cash, and let the credit go,
Don’t heed the rumble of a distant gun.

The trouble with amassing this world’s wealth, and availing of all its pleasures, is that one ends up dying desolate.

Michelangelo dramatized that desolation with one figure in his depiction of the Last Judgment that he painted above the altar in the Sistine Chapel. Halfway down his mural he has a slightly overweight near-naked man being hauled down to hell by a joyful green demon. The eyes of the damned fellow cry out his horror that everything should have come to this.

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