[sword-devel] Spending $1,000,000 in development and giving away the fruits

Leon Brooks sword-devel@crosswire.org
Thu, 20 Dec 2001 22:57:21 +0800

On Thursday 20 December 2001 16:29, Michael Rempel wrote:
> What is intrinsic to business that makes it unspiritual?


What I mean by that is: I did not say that business was unspiritual. You can 
climb down off that hobbyhorse now.

What I did say was that running a business *as*a*purpose* competes against 
spreading the Gospel *as*a*purpose*. There will come times when you have to 
make decisions that will either favour your business success at the expense 
of spreading the Gospel, or vice versa. The greater this conflict, the more 
energy goes into resolving (agonising over) each item of conflict as it 
arises, the less goes into your primary purpose.

If the primary purpose of your activity is clear, the decisions become 
straightforward (not necessarily without physical cost, but certainly 
straightforward). One of the very few truly wise things which Henry Kissinger 
said (AFAICT the only truly wise thing) was ``The absence of alternatives 
clears the mind marvellously.''

If your purpose is not clear, or if you have several competing goals, she's a 
not so simple.

Cheers; Leon