Posted by: amygdala | February 9, 2009

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“The money changers have fled from their high seats in the temple
of our civilization. We may now restore that temple to the
ancient truths. The measure of the restoration lies in the
extent to which we apply social values more noble than mere
monetary profit.
 
“Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money; it lies in
the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort. The
joy and moral stimulation of work no longer must be forgotten in
the mad chase of evanescent profits. These dark days will be
worth all they cost us if they teach us that our true destiny is
not to be ministered unto but to minister to ourselves and to our
fellow men.
 
“Recognition of the falsity of material wealth as the standard of
success goes hand in hand with the abandonment of the false
belief that public office and high political position are to be
valued only by the standards of pride of place and personal
profit; and there must be an end to a conduct in banking and in
business which too often has given to a sacred trust the likeness
of callous and selfish wrongdoing. Small wonder that confidence
languishes, for it thrives only on honesty, on honor, on the
sacredness of obligations, on faithful protection, on unselfish
performance; without them it cannot live.”
 
– Franklin D. Roosevelt, U.S. President, from is first Inaugural
 Address, 1933.

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