You already know that our financial habits determine our financial fate. If we avoid credit card debt, spend less than we earn, and create a financial buffer against the unexpected, we tend to thrive financially. If we carry a lot of debt or live constantly on the edge and with little savings, then our financial future is much cloudier.
Our second peek at ancient texts that discuss economic life is from the book of Ecclesiastes. Ecclesiastes is believed to have been written by King Solomon around the third century B.C.E. The word Ecclesiastes means Teacher, and refers to Solomon. You may recall that he was considered one of the wisest men who ever lived. (Remember the story of him deciding to tear the baby in half?)