One common belief is that the universe is pure abundance and all we need to do is to plug into an infinite supply of material wealth to abandon our scarcity-ridden mindset. Because money is there, it has to be spent. After all, it has no other purpose. If you are altruistic, you can even use it to create a better world by helping others… But what about the finite resources of Planet Earth ?
The moment money becomes a motivation rather than a by-product, we lose sight of many possibilities everybody has. Do we really need money to help others ? We are so dominated by the material outlook today that we find it impossible to envisage a satisfactory life that is not materially abundant. A sense of deprivation grips us the moment we feel we might have to do without our mobiles, holidays,… Anything less appears squalid and insupportable.
Yet, there is an alternative viewpoint that considers wealth as affluence of experiences and possibilities within oneself. The ability to experience the simple joy of living is the highest wealth. It is for this reason that sages and wise men chose not to chase wealth. Not because its acquisition is morally wrong but simply because the material life shortchanges other possibilities.
Because of the finite resources of Planet Earth, material abundance appears to be neither feasible nor particularly desirable.
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