In the NY winter of 2008 I lodged with a very colorful middle aged English man, he was one of the three roommates I had in Mysore. One night the conversation ranged from the Indian gods to money, and during the course of it we realized we had different points of view. I believe money to be a blessing, he thought of it as just a “door opener”, and it that sense we could probably had agreed, but I could see that behind the aggravated and confrontational tone of his voice resided some real anger.
A lot of people still seem to think that money is bad, or rather, that rich people are bad. There is a certain pleasure derived from hating the rich, but I prefer to follow the Hawaiian saying “bless that which you want”, and bless wealth, moreover, respect it as a powerful energy, as a synonym of freedom.
Reading Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found this morning, I come across the author saying the following when referring to the wealthy in Bombay:
“...But it is also these rich who create wealth, who create the conditions that will allow the mother on the streets to find a home for their children. They must be allowed their penthouses, their brandy, so the poor may be allowed their simple clear room."
The way I translate it to countries that have wealth, is in my noticing, especially in the last couple of days, that there is a breed of people out there saying that money should be shared by all, distributed fairly. Now I agree that laws should be ready and in place so that opportunities are equal, but the socialism idea, really?
I read on the internet about a professor who tried an experiment with his students on a semester, he told them that they would be graded on an “average” of all the grades from everyone. Before you tell me, I know this did not actually happen, it was just written by someone as an exercise to explain why “grade socialism” would not work, but if you are interested in how the story goes, well, if you know money or a grade is coming anyway, why bother? Why innovate? Why try something new? Why ever study?
If it was not for wealth, I wonder if we could even go to India these days, if people did not venture into new things with the promise of money and yes, following their hearts too, would we even have airplanes?
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