“A man going on a journey called in his servants
and entrusted his possessions to them.
To one he gave five talents; to another, two; to a third, one--
to each according to his ability. Then he went away.
Immediately the one who received five talents went and
traded with them, and made another five.
Likewise, the one who received two made another two.
But the man who received one went off and dug a hole in the ground
and buried his master's money.”
There is something to say for security. The psychologist Abraham Maslow posited that there is a hierarchy of needs, which begins with food, shelter, and other physiological needs. The second level deals mostly with issues of safety and security. While not absolute, he thinks that the needs of one level must be mostly met before motivation based on the next level comes into play. In his expanded model, the eighth and highest level is transcendence. In essence, security necessarily comes before faith.