Of God and His Creatures

According to Aristotle, Politics, i, 9, whatever we desire as a final end, and not merely as a means, we desire without end or measure. Thus to desire wealth is to make a god of Mammon, as some do of pleasure (Matt. vi, 24: Phil. iii, 18), and consequently to stick at nothing that can safely procure it: it is to be the slave of money. Cf. St Paul's expressions, Rom. vi, 16-20, and the phrase in Thucydides i, 81, douleuein tê gê 'to be the slaves of one's land,' i.e., to be ready to make any unpatriotic sacrifice to save one's estates.

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