Nicolas Cage arrested, quoted Gurdjieff on why money can't buy happiness

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EUGENE, Ore. – Just five days after L.A. police found Nicolas Cage's $1.5 million 1938 Superman comic book, national media reported Friday that the IRS was after the actor again; while today, the AP stated how police arrested the Academy Award winner in New Orleans “on charges of domestic abuse battery and disturbing the peace.”

“The Orleans Parish Sheriff’s office says Cage was booked into the Orleans Parish Prison at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 16, stated an AP report while noting his arrest in New Orleans is “on charges of domestic abuse battery and disturbing the peace.” Cage is known to own property in New Orleans where he’s shot numerous films in the past. Also, media in L.A. reported on Friday – the day before Cage’s arrest – that he was again in trouble with the IRS “for failing to pay more than $6000,000 in taxes for financial gifts.” During Hollywood interviews in Cage’s past, the actor has quoted the sage Gurdjieff and others by stating that “money can’t buy happiness.”

Anniversary of Gurdjieff celebrated in Eugene

Fans of George Ivanovich Gurdjieff -- an Armenian mystic and spiritual teacher who said man “should love work for work’s sake and not for its gain” -- are remembering the 60th anniversary of Gurdjieff’s death with special readings, to include the 50th anniversary of Gurdjieff’s landmark book “Meetings With Remarkable Men.”

Gurdjieff died on October 29, 1949, and the first English translation of his “Meetings With Remarkable Men” – that’s now on display at the University of Oregon and other Eugene libraries – was first released in English from the French edition produced at the Julliard Library, Paris, in April 1961.

“At a time when so many people in our culture look for money and things to bring them happiness, Gurdjieff taught that personal relationships are more important than money or possessions,” says Jason Pannell, a “Gurdjieff scholar,” whose favorite quote from Gurdjieff is: “A man is satisfied not by the quantity of food, but by the absence of greed.”

Pannell also points to research by Professor Samuel S. Franklin -- who’s landmark book “The Psychology of Happiness” has just been released in paperback—as “giving a shout out to Gurdjieff’s views on “why money can’t buy happiness.” Franklin is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at California State University, Fresno, and a frequent visitor to Eugene.

Happiness does not come from personal income, said Gurdjieff and Franklin

Franklin’s book “The Psychology of Happiness” studies the mental and behavioral characteristics of an individual in relation to his sense of emotional well-being or feeling of happiness. It also details why Gurdjieff’s the “Fourth Way,” is of interest now in 2011 as Americans try and deal with a recession that may say “is now a depression in this country.”

It was Gurdjieff who explained how money can help some problems, but it cannot relieve the pain of a lost loved one or a failed marriage or an incurable illness.

In Franklin’s book The Pursuit of Happiness, he takes Gurdjieff’s views a step further into this modern age by using research that shows how America’s richest citizens (*such as Cage, for example) are only “slightly happier than the average citizen.”

“We see that money makes a difference to happiness up to a point. After the essentials of food, clothing, shelter, and so on, money doesn’t add much to people’s lives. Having too little money can contribute to unhappiness, but if we have enough to cover the necessities of life, it makes relatively little difference,” writes Franklin.

Also, Pannell notes Gurdjieff's view that “well-off is not the same as well-being.”

Cage has a lot of money and fame, but also a lot of trouble

On Monday, April 11, Nicolas Cage learned that a thief -- who sole an original copy of the first Superman comic book from the actor, from more than a decade ago -- was caught, reported the AP and national TV entertainment programs. In turn, on April 16, just five days later, Cage was in jail himself down in New Orleans for domestic abuse and disturbing the peace charges.

Cage earns $10 to $20 million per movie he stars in, and he’s been in dozens of movies in recent years, reports Vanity Fair and other entertainment news organizations.

However, the New Orleans Times-Picaynune also reported that Cage has been charged in the past with other crimes, to including defaulting on a $2 million loan and trouble with the IRS, to include an IRS tax lien “of nearly $6.26 million on Cage’s New Orleans properties after the actor flat-out failed to pay income taxes in 2007 during the same year that he raked in some serious back-end profits from his films Ghost Rider and National Treasure: Book of Secrets.”

The New Orleans Times-Picayune also reported that the IRS has “obtained a second lien over yet more unpaid taxes, this time for income earned between 2002 and 2004.”

Also, the New York Post and TMZ reported on Friday, April 15, that “Nicolas Cage is in trouble with the IRS once again for failing to pay more than $600,000 in taxes for financial gifts he made over the past five years.

The New York Post also reported yesterday that a “federal tax lien, filed in late March, showed gifts estimated at $1.8 million made by the ‘National Treasure’ star to undisclosed parties from 2004 to 2009. Cage's latest tax trouble comes nearly two years after he was nailed with a tax debt of $14 million -- though the 47-year-old actor claimed his business manager, Sam Levin, was responsible for making reckless investments that incurred the massive debt. He filed a lawsuit in 2009, claiming Levin led him "down a path toward financial ruin" and demanding $20 million.”

The Oscar-winner, who earned an estimated $24 million in 2010 according to Vanity Fair's Top Hollywood Earners list, said he had to sell off major assets to pay his tax bill.

Image source of Nicolas Cage: Wikipedia


Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Cage's arrest is just another good actor gone wrong. I thought he was one of the better established actors in the movie industry.

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