“The necessity of choosing between material and spiritual satisfaction cannot be evaded”–Mises

“Even where judgments of value can be established directly without computation in value or in money, the necessity of choosing between material and spiritual satisfaction cannot be evaded. Robinson Crusoe and the socialist state have an equal obligation to make the choice.

Anyone with a genuine sense of moral values experiences no hardship
in deciding between honor and livelihood. He knows his plain duty.
If a man cannot make honor his bread, yet can he renounce his bread for
honor’s sake. Only they who prefer to be relieved of the agony of this decision,
because they cannot bring themselves to renounce material comfort
for the sake of spiritual advantage, see in the choice a profanation of true
values.”

Profanation. noun. An act of disrespect or impiety toward something regarded as sacred: blasphemy, desecration, sacrilege, violation.

The Mises Reader, p. 140, Shawn Ritenour, Editor

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“Production is a spiritual, intellectual, and ideological phenomenon”–Mises

 

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