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Dangers Of Wealth

December 1, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

It is a dangerous man who pursues wealth at the expense of all else.

Everyone pursues wealth, admittedly. But what makes someone dangerous is the reason they’re trying to gain money. Do they have some major life plan? If someone wants to travel and see the world, and they’re raising the money to do so, then they are not dangerous. If someone is raising money for charitable purposes, then they are not dangerous. The person who raises money for the purposes of living comfortably and not having to be in debt is not dangerous.

The person who is dangerous is the person who chases after wealth aimlessly, the person who decides that they want to be rich for the sake of it. The kind of person who feels that if they were rich and flaunted their wealth around, they’d be well-respected and well-loved, or that it will give them some kind of status.

The problem with existing in this state of mind is that when your life goal is to get all the money, you assign something inhuman to define your existence, and when this happens, you too become inhuman.

We can see this in the state of the world economy today. Economists argue over what is the source of all these problems, and the answer is the City bankers, the Wall Street traders, the multinational corporation CEOs, all of whom define their existence by how much money they have. They all, as individuals, want more than everybody else. This leads them to believe that the only way to achieve this is to deceive, steal, fiddle the numbers and ruthlessly push themselves to the front of the queue and take everything before anyone else can get there.

The truth is, this is a sad way to exist. Note that I have avoided using the word “live” at any point to refer to these people, since they do not live. They exist. Look at the life of an investment banker or a stock trader. 14-hour days, seven days a week. Sure, they make shiploads of money due to these horrible hours, but what never gets mentioned is that these people have nothing else going on in their life. There is no time for friends, no time for relationships, no time to get out and see the world.

I don’t feel envious for these people’s wages, I feel pity that their lives must be the dullest lives in existence. Wake up, roll onto the trading floor, shout a lot and look at numbers for fourteen hours, then collapse back into bed and repeat. What’s the point of earning these obscene amounts of money if you never get to do anything with it all?

But I also said they were dangerous. They are dangerous because they realise how empty their lives are, but don’t realise how to fix this, and honestly believe that more money will help. This causes them to cheat and steal and play the system even more in a desperate attempt to have all the money in the world, a goal that they will never achieve, but will try and crush everyone around them in an attempt to get there. They perhaps won’t be happy until everyone around them is living in abject poverty while they’re sealed in their solid gold mansion with a huge money bin to swim around in like Scrooge McDuck.

So when are we going to start treating these people as the danger they really are?

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