I have a wise friend who reminds me that Non-Catholics see Wealth Bondgage differently. Moll Flanders is an Entrepreneur. Pilgrim makes Progress. God favors those who are Enterprising. In the 18th century patronage of the arts gave way to markets, as house maids and shopkeepers learned to read what Grubstreet produced. Sales volume became the standard of success. So, today, whether secular or protestant we believe or wish to believe that Wealth Bondage is next to Godliness. There is no reason to choose between Flesh and Spirit, high road or low road, profit and doing good, Caeasar's image or God's image, gilded idols, brands, gods, or human desires; all make a market and, through the Hidden Hand, Virtue Prevails, all sins of omission and comission paid for in advance, in a Divine Bailout of morally bankrupt humanity. Wealth Bondage, then, is perfect Freedom. We serve best by serving ourselves. I do not deny it; in fact I insist upon it. Wealth Bondage is a rebus - seen one way, it is a crass, reductive, soul-destroying, market for all that is holy, obscene, grostesque, tasteless, thoughtless, enthusiastic, popular, and profitable. Seen another way it is a satiric celebration of same. In this way I inhabit flesh and spirit as one man, a Pilgrim between two worlds, chained to the earth that I might yearn for heaven; chained to heaven that I might yearn towards earth, held tight by both chains, strangled by both. You say that is Catholic? Not Stoic? I did steal it, but the source is Kafka, a secular Jew.