Oh, yes, I couldn’t agree with you more about that last point.
Rich first, virtue later, would surely be considered an abuse by many serious stoics. But it seems to be the interpretation that arises when you’re already (relatively) well off and reading some of the main figures. I don’t think it’s a claim people tend to make…
This is important on a few levels. Not only does it lend to security — you know the limits, vulnerabilities, and strengths of your product—but it makes maintaining things long-term easier, more cost-effective, and more likely. It’s a winning proposition all around.
Maybe you’d enjoy Bernard Lonergan’s Insight: A Study of Human Understanding. To use your phrase, it’s “instantly illuminating” — at least for those of us who wonder all the time how exactly we can apprehend or depict our basic access to rationality.