Photo Prayer 2021-21 -- Going Up And Up

Like Mark Twain, Silicon Valley investors, bitcoin millionaires, and outrageous tweeters of delectable memes share seductive stories of quick riches and upended hierarchies. Sensational tales of sudden wealth earned in bold exciting ways stir the imaginations of modern-day risk-takers eager to make and willing to lose small fortunes. They push SPACs and NFTs. They praise cryptocurrencies and are fond of peacocking. Twain said, “There are two times in a man’s life when he should not speculate: when he can’t afford it and when he can.” Like us, Twain gave advice he himself ignored. He invested in the Paige typesetter, magnetic telegraphy, a steam pulley, and other 19th-century startups. He lost his shirt but not his sense of humor. Let us, my friends, lose neither.

Photo of a metal ladder leading up to electric and telephone wires, to Internet and fiberoptic cables.
Prayer inspired by Richard Zacks’ article in the June 7, 2021 issue of The New Yorker.
Photo copyright 2014; text, 2021, by Danny N. Schweers.

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