August 30, 2013
Every morning, I get up and look through the ‘Forbes’ list of the richest people in America. If I’m not there, I go to work. [Robert Orben] Superfluous wealth can buy superfluities only. [Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862]. You can only get poor quickly; getting rich is slow. [Jane Bryant Quinn (1939 – )].
Respectable means rich, and decent means poor. I should die if I heard my family called decent. [Thomas Love Peacock (1785 – 1866)] He must have killed a lot of men to have made so much money.[Molière (1622 – 1673)] If you can actually count your money you are not really a rich man. [J. Paul Getty (1892 – 1976)].
Wealth has an interesting impact on the life of human society in which it has both positive and negative impact on the possessor of it. Wealth requires certain level of consciousness and maturity on the side of the possessor otherwise it is like a fire, it consumes those who possess it and those who surround it as well.
It is not possible to have wealth without being smart in which intelligence is the factor. Once that level is reached, when certain people acquire it, they develop generosity as there are other people who acquire it, they develop greed. Generosity and greed are the possible characters which are borne in the city of wealth in which people undergo both in the process of developing and accumulating wealth.
Although there are assumptions in the religious arena in which they give certain amount of their wealth as contributions[tithe]—which is called taxation in the objective world wording and concept—such people assume that they get refilled in double or triple even more as they give to the belief system they belong or to the poor which they like, which could sound like a gamble or type of superstition in which there are people who think that they give funds to such purpose with the motive of multiplying their accumulation exponentially.
While contemplating of such given aspect, it is wrong and self-centered when people give money to charity or the poor or any belief system with the intention of making personal profits and other gains which could lead to disappointments and dissatisfaction as things go wrong and deviate from what people put as expectations. When such act is done, it should be with the motive of being generous and helping than expecting personal recompense and rewards in turn since the core value of any religious belief is not self-centered but selflessness.
When people give or pay taxation, they think that it is just an obligation or others could assume as duty but they do not assume that the amount can be refilled in double to triple since they think that they pay to the government. In religious concepts, they assume that God will give them more money as they contribute since they think and assume that God will provide everything to them.
In case of paying taxation, they do not assume that the government will not provide them more jobs or means of obtaining incomes, but in reality it is the government that gives them the license, the business and the like since it is the government that provide policies and rule on how they should operate and function and obtain an income too. But here such concept and belief does not work since belief is the cause and the factor.
The idea of giving has two broad conceptions in which when they give to charity or belief systems or poor, they assume that such amount can be refilled; when they pay tax, the assume that their money is taken way. When citizens develop certain conception about giving in which such giving has purpose and right motive, such maturity is needed in perceiving such giving as part of their social obligation and duty.
When people gain more things, they are socially and naturally accountable and responsible to the society and system they belong, but this requires mindset and should be done voluntarily. When such people reach to that level of maturity, they do things in their own way and fashion as those mature and conscious people install charity accounts and funds in order to discharge their social accountability and responsibility in thoughtful manner. This is one sign of being wealthy.
Wealth and income are very distinct in which wealth is an accumulation whereas income is a flow of goods and services in which people relate wealth as lake and income as a stream flowing into and out of such given lake. Thus, wealthy people are those people who design and install systems to accumulate and increase such wealth by the inflows of such goods and services they render to the public.
Wealth can be accumulated in two possible ways which are bad and good ways. When people employ healthy approach, which are good ones, it is those pure and good lakes in which they have pure thing and conducive environments for fishes to live and even for the surrounding environment as well. When the employ bad approach, they are like those impure and bad lakes that could poison and kill those fishes and could have bad atmosphere to the surrounding as well.
On the first approach is healthy mechanism in which such wealth and people have healthy impact on their surroundings and they influence the environment nicely. They have pattern and developed and installed system to acquire wealth and the process and trend has its own peculiar characteristic depending on the nature of business people are engaged and interact and the type of personal characters and thinking and philosophy they have in life.
They have also ways to reestablish and reinstate when they fail since they have already developed mechanism and approach and learning experience when they already had it in their own terms. They have developed confidence in their undertakings and they have optimistic mentality. They can be generous and they believe that everyone can make it since they are able to do it. They think that everything is achievable since they are accomplished. It is in most cases linear in its progress and has certain evolutionary stage in its development.
The other mechanism which people employ are in which there are people who employ bad approach to accumulate wealth such as superstitions, corruptions and the like in which wrong mechanisms are employed to accumulate wealth, and the moment such practice is stopped, the accumulation is lost and they live with no way out to the extent that they cannot even reinstate and reestablish what they have accumulated before and they lose everything.
They do not have adequate system to multiply their accumulation and they are in most cases are greedy due to the fear and suspicion they have developed in the process of accumulation in which it is spontaneous in its nature and has no pattern and trend in the process of accumulating such given wealth. This is like terrorism in its way and methods. They do everything to acquire and accumulate it since the ultimate goal is wealth.
Both types of wealth exist on earth and they have peculiar character depending on the methods and ways people choose in life. Both live in any society. What matters in here is that the extent to which one is more balancing than the other. Those healthy look societies do have such healthy trend as those ill ones do have bad mechanisms in employing such wealth. They have discipline and rule on what to do and what not to since wealth is not an end but a means or process of life.
When healthy ways and mechanism are employed in any given society, the health of such society is securely as established than the ill motived and bad mechanisms since healthy mechanisms believe and think healthy and good approaches in any of the interaction they make with others where as those who have ill purposed and employed bad mechanism establish and believe in bad approaches and ways of life.