- The mavericks shared a strong financial (dopamine-inducing) incentive to learn what nobody else wanted to know. When it comes to understanding dopamine there’s little to no dopamine-inducing incentive to consider the obvious.
- Self-destructing and hitting rock bottom isn’t always enough to stop addicts from their self-deception, denial, and destruction.
- Addicts never assume responsibility.
- The symptoms of all addictions, especially lying, cheating, stealing, lack of consciousness, and dearth of conscience actually help addicts succeed.
- Addicts hate visionaries because visionaries threaten liars’ dopamine flow.
There are money addicts worth tens of millions of dollars desperately trying to make more, more, more. And though clever enough to acquire what they don’t need or actually want, none of them are smart enough to understand that what they do want,what they crave, is the dopamine triggered by expectations of acquiring the money. And, because they’re addicts, they don’t care who gets hurt or what’s destroyed, as long as they score the dopamine highs that leave them miserable and craving more dopamine.
Zacchaeus the Tax Collector
19 Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. 2 A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. 3 He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.
5 When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” 6 So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.
7 All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.”
8 But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”
9 Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
You are always righteous, LORD, when I bring a case before you. Yet I would speak with you about your justice: Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why do all the faithless live at ease?
There is no amount of money that can buy God’s peace. There is no amount of money that can buy God’s strenght. There is no amount of money that can buy God’s joy. All of those things come from your relationship with Christ and your faith in Him. The wicked my prosper for a season, but it is the righteous who have true prosperity for eternity.
When Simon saw that the Spirit was given when the apostles laid their hands on people, he offered them money to buy this power.