Hello my dears,
How would you qualify entrepreneurs? Maybe as people who like taking risks in life? As people with innovative spirit? Or people who leave some part of control to the destiny?
“And now, how would you qualify people who believe in God? Don’t you see some similarities here and there? ” – this exact thought popped up in my mind after a recent discussion with my boyfriend about religious beliefs and their influence on how a person is tending to take risks. He advised me by the way a very nice book from the french essayist Charles Gave “This Liberal named Jesus” (only in french unfortunately) on this topic.
Ok, if you feel a bit lost, I explain: People who believe in God tend to rely on HIM when it comes to taking decisions in their life. So it becomes easier to take risks as they are thinking that HE will protect them in case it might go badly. In contrary, people who don’t believe in God, tending to be much more controlling their life as they are thinking being able to only rely on themselves when it comes to their destiny.
Now, let’s include in this schema people with entrepreneurial spirit, who I will call “liberals” (as liberal political thinking is very close to the entrepreneurial thinking). We see that entrepreneurs, very similarly to believers in God, tend to take more risks than others. They call it “believing in their good fortune” but isn’t it quite similar to believing in God? I think that totally is!
And that’s how we can totally call Jesus a liberal! There are a lot of biblical stories that prove this reasoning. “Parable of the Talents” (Matthew 25:14–30) is a very good example. It relates a story about the master who entrusted his “talents” (the currency at this period, whose value was significant) to his servants before setting out on a long journey. One servant receives five talents, another receives three, and the final is granted just one talent. Upon returning home, the master learns that the first and second servants used their talents to significantly increase the value of the property they were granted and rewarded them for this. The third servant, however, buried his talent and did not enjoy the gains of his predecessor. When called on to account for his behavior, he claims that fear prevented him from embracing his talent. The master reprimands the third servant for being lazy, and casts him out.
The main message here is that a person should use its given “by God” “talents” (currently meaning skills), without fear, even if it involves taking risks, as God will support you anyway. A very good example of the entrepreneurship promotion 😉
Another interesting reasoning is coming from French philosopher André Comte-Sponville on the evolution of people’s religious beliefs and their relationship to risk:
“- Strange, all the same, in our countries, this growing aversion to risk! It’s because our populations are aging… It’s the young people who take risks, and the old people who tremble! There is also something else, which is the retreat of religion. God, for those who believe in it, makes a kind of all-risk insurance… And we believe in it less and less! It was written that “not a hair will fall from your head unless God willed it … This consoled us all, bald or not, with the hope of another life after death. Conversely, the less we believe in another life, the more we are afraid of losing this one, the only one given to us, bodily and ephemeral. Eh yes ! The less one believes in “salvation”, the more importance one attaches to “health”.
In another words, more you believe in God, more risks you might take in life, trying, innovating, undertaking initiatives, without fear, thinking that God will watch over you.
I really like this liberating spirit, and from personal experience I can prove that this type of thinking helps to take life in a much more positive way, which is quite important nowadays…
On this very philosophical note,
I wish you a nice evening my dears,