Good Morning, God!
I was standing outside our European style hotel (read: cheap) and looking over at the Beverly Hills City Hall. I’m very thankful Suz is able to live in Beverly Hills — in a rent controlled apartment. It is so well run! Every interaction Suz has had with them has been positive. So I decided to do a little research. Their bonds are AAA and the highest (along with one other city) ranked in the state of California. Their Library is third in the state and 85th in the nation. Everything is well run — with a concern for the ordinary citizen.
Now, God, why isn’t this the norm? To be sure the property values have to be a lot higher. But, is it just money? And, then God, I get to thinking about money — and numbers. We don’t do numbers well, God. Three is easy. Thirty we can manage. Three hundred is getting big. Three thousand? And when we get to three million or three billion or three trillion we are WAY PAST my imagination’s ability to visualize or handle.
I think that might be why, God, that a BIG number gets confused with an INFINITE number in our minds. Then too, I think that most people think that money is to be used to take care of them. Whereas I have finally come to the view that one of my jobs is to take care of money — to manage it, protect it and deploy it well. Stewardship anyone?
But as one person said about a $540,000 loan from a bank — if someone wants to give you money, it is hard to say no. Ah well, now we are into short term thinking and long term thinking. Sigh. We don’t do TIME any better than we do NUMBERS. I’m here in Silicon Valley, God, thinking our species needs an Upgrade! And SOON!