Something went wrong. Please try your request again later. OK Follow to get new release updates and improved recommendations About Paul Zane Pilzer Paul Zane Pilzer is an economist, social entrepreneur, professor, public servant, and the New York Times bestselling author of 11 books and dozens of scholarly publications. He was appointed a professor at New York University at age 24 where he taught for 21 years and was five times voted "best teacher. In health benefits, he is the Founder of Extend Health and Zane Benefits , suppliers of personalized health benefits to U.
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Reading your book and hearing you speak has shown me how wrong I was! But I was wrong! Now I realize that these views were just excuses for my lack of initiative, and that one of the things God wants me to do most as a good Christian is to be rich. What is important, however, is not how it was done, but why. As an economist and businessperson, I have devoted my life to explaining how people can become rich. I realize now that I have failed to reach certain people because I have incorrectly assumed that they already understood why they should become rich.
There is a widespread feeling today that there is something wrong with individual economic success. People who have become rich through great personal sacrifice sometimes feel guilty about their success -- and often pass this guilt on to their children, with disastrous consequences.
Even worse, people who fail to achieve success on their first try sometimes refuse to try again. Most people believe they should achieve wealth primarily for their own material comfort or that of their families. This is far too narrow a view. God does want each of us to be rich in every possible way -- health, love, and peace of mind, as well as material possessions.
God wants this, however, not just for our own sake, but for the sake of all humankind. The reason, as we shall see throughout this book, is that an increase in wealth for an individual almost always represents an even larger increase in wealth for society at large. This is especially true in our modern economy, where the largest individual financial rewards are increasingly reserved for those people making the greatest positive impact on our society. People generally believed that their lives were predestined.
A person was not supposed to try to change his or her fate, let alone even ponder whether such a fate was predestined in the first place. Until roughly the fourth century B. In fact, the word "planet" comes from the Greek word for "wanderer.
The gods planets wandered about in the heavens, and their wanderings caused the crops to grow, the rain to fall, and the tragedies and joys of human existence. The Greek philosopher Aristotle was one of the first people to refute this belief.
Aristotle believed that there was an order to things that people could understand and use to control their lives. In B. The Aristotelian view of the world, and the order to the seasons and our lives that it created, was refined by Ptolemy about years later into a mathematical calendar. And this view, though wrong in its fundamental assumption that the earth, rather than the sun, was at the center of our solar system, became the bedrock of civilization for the next eighteen hundred years.
After all, from your vantage point on earth, it certainly looks as if everything revolves around you. But the Aristotelian-Ptolemaic calendar was not accurate, because it incorrectly placed the earth at the center of the universe.
Every hundred years or so it would snow in Rome in July, and the pope would set the calendar back about six months. This led to a great quest among astronomers to discover a working model of the universe that could accurately track the months and predict the beginning of the seasons.
By manipulating mathematical equations, Copernicus determined that the sun was at the center of the solar system, and that the heavenly bodies -- including the earth -- revolved around it. We can easily see how astronomers before Copernicus were misled. For centuries they labored in vain trying to perfect the calendar and predict the seasons in order to increase agricultural and economic output.
But the very definition of their science -- the study of how the spheres in the heavens revolved around the stationary earth -- precluded astronomers from discovering the true nature of the universe. In our time, the science of economics has been hindered by the same sort of tunnel vision. Today the very definition of economics -- "the study of how people choose to employ scarce resources" -- precludes economists from discovering an accurate theory of economics and hinders economic success.
Underlying this premise has been another, even more basic in fact, so basic that it is rarely mentioned -- the world contains a limited amount of these physical resources. The incorrect supposition that we live in a world of scarce resources has done more than preclude most individuals from achieving economic success. Over the centuries, this zero-sum-game view of the world has been responsible for wars, revolutions, political strategies, and human suffering of unfathomable proportions.
Since , when I entered the Wharton Graduate School, I have belonged to a small group of economists who believe that the world does not contain a limited amount of physical resources.
Quite the contrary, I believe that the world is a virtual cornucopia of physical resources. Many notable people found truth in my theory. The late Sam Walton, founder of Wal-Mart, praised Unlimited Wealth for having put into writing beliefs to which he attributed his own success. My views were disseminated via national television appearances and in numerous publications. And businesspeople worldwide applauded Unlimited Wealth for establishing a practical, decision-making framework based on a cornucopian theory of economics.
Yet, both as a writer and as a teacher, I had failed. Unlimited Wealth was highly praised by those who were already successful or who were on their way to success. But it was largely ignored by those who could benefit from it the most. I felt like a clergyman preaching to the choir.
The people who really needed to hear my sermon were not attending my church. Unlimited Wealth explained in scientific terms, through deductive logic, why we live in a world of unlimited physical resources. It explained how, over the short term, advancing technology continually increases the supply of our existing physical resources and how, over the long term, advancing technology constantly changes our very definition of "physical resources" as new ones are discovered.
But, in promulgating a scientific explanation for our economic lives, Unlimited Wealth failed to directly confront a theological belief that prevents most people from understanding, and thus achieving, unlimited wealth. The erroneous economic belief in scarcity leads directly to the mistaken theological belief that God does not want us to be rich. After all, in a world of scarce physical resources, a person could achieve personal wealth only by taking wealth from another -- something that a truly benevolent, loving God would never allow.
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Shelves: non-fiction , business-economics , religion-theology This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. My notes and quotes: Pilzer primarily describes his theory of economic alchemy. Describes how Abraham developed first property laws and customs. Argues that God wants all people to be fulfilled and prosperous.
God Wants You to Be Rich
It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. Follow the Author This is especially true in our modern economy, where the largest individual financial rewards are increasingly reserved for those people making the greatest positive impact on our society. The reason, as we shall see throughout this book, is that an increase in wealth for an individual almost always represents an even larger increase in wealth for society at large. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? This faith is important because the greatest economic opportunities of tomorrow, almost by definition, are in sectors of our economy that he not even exist today.
Paul Zane Pilzer
In , he testified before a United States congressional hearing and since then has promoted the idea that employees should have personal, portable health insurance coverage independent of their employment but funded pre-tax by their employer. From wrote five books on the economics of obesity, health insurance, preventative medicine, and wellness. Pilzer has been called the "father of Health Savings Accounts ". They have four children and live in Park City, Utah. Pilzer helped start Temple Har Shalom in Park City in and functioned as a lay rabbi leading services until a full-time rabbi was hired in