I may address this in more detail further along (under “expenditure represents value”), but it’s important to also appreciate what your excess says about you. I give it as my opinion that how you spend your excess says more about your values/priorities than how you spend your function’s resources.
Whatever you categorise as ‘function’ by default/the very nature of categorizing it thusly, is that you don’t consider it’s expenditure to be completely at your discretion. You feel a duty or responsibility to use it to fuel the machine that maintains your loved ones/yourself. By way of ‘intentions’, it’s a bit of a muddy mix of variables and therefore is less of your own personal ‘choice’.
Your excess however, again, simply by categorizing it as such, you’ve determined it can be spent however you want without serious cost to your life/existence. It can be spent however you want, completely your choice. For this reason, HOW it’s spent can be a superior indicator of your intentions, life choices and priorities. Completely your choice, completely your accountability.
When we think about our excess time, money, contacts, opportunities etc. how much of it are we currently wasting vs utilised/investing? How much is spent on gratification Vs edification?
Consider for a moment that most of us tend to waste our excess because, again, by it’s nature, it’s considered ‘unneeded’. However if excess’s expenditure is an accurate measuring stick for our values/priorities, and we’re wasting the majority of our excess via gratification, are we not evidencing to ourselves/our world that we prioritise self-destruction over self-development?
This is especially true for any of us who are pursuing ‘more’ (which, yes, is basically all of us). If the current evidence suggests that our priority is gratification/self-destruction, what’s the honest expectation when it comes to increasing our excess..? Can we honestly expect that it wouldn’t cause more harm than good? That we’ll magically reprioritise ourselves and our appetite for gratification will magically disappear? I don’t think that would be a wise assumption. However if the majority expenditure of our current excess resources evidenced we prioritised edification, would it not be self-evident and logical that such a person would likely achieve more good than bad by increasing their resources/excess?
Perhaps it’s for this reason the adage ‘line upon line’ is so important. There’s a learning curve required with each step, in order to continually ensure our ever-increasing load is managed effectively and achieving more good than bad. Those whose lives are spent evidencing we’ll gratify more than we’ll edify, are a fire hazard when it comes to pouring more fuel. Giving us more is going to be dangerous for everyone in our world.