Tuesday, November 8, 2011
FOUR RICH FOOLS
IF YOU have money, you can do a lot of things. You can afford a decent accommodation, pay for your utility consumption, eat good food, finance your medical bills and so forth. All things being equal, the availability of money could reduce a person’s level of stress in life. With lots of money, people can live significant lives by making an impact on society; feeding the poor, offering educational scholarships and supporting other good causes. All these make the pursuit of riches noble and desirable.
But then, it must also be noted that an untamed desire for wealth could make one a rich fool. A rich fool is one whose only claim to significance is the wealth they possess. They see their worth only in the fatness of their wealth. I present to you four categories of such people.
HEADLESS people give up their conscience in exchange for money. They are prepared to do whatever it takes to make money. They suppose that the end justifies the means. They don’t think of the consequences of following a particular path so long as that path will lead to money. Some pursue money at the expense of their dignity. Others do so by trading off their mission in life.
If you make money the most importance thing in your life, it will cause you to devalue yourself and make compromises that will have irreversible consequences. Before you make a choice for money, have a second look at what you are giving up for it. If it includes your head, then you’ve got to think twice.
ANYTIME I hear a report on human trafficking, I cringe. It is only those who have no heart for people who would be involved in such obnoxious money-making enterprises. I’ve seen friends become bitter towards each other because of money. Families break up due to people’s uncontrolled desire to make money.
But you see, you can’t sacrifice key relationships to be rich and think your life will be enriched. Money is worthless without people. If you prioritise money to the neglect of crucial relationships, you will be a lonely soul.
THE net worth of an individual is determined not by what they have but by what they contribute to society. Your legacy is more important than your empire. If you focus only on acquisitions, society will repudiate you. If you strive to build an enduring legacy, society will respect you. Your memory will be honoured.
Hindless people care less about posterity. They are only interested in the here and now. A good life is one that continues to live even after it is dead. In 1888, when brother of Alfred Nobel died, a French newspaper erroneously published the death notice of Alfred. The paper discredited him for his invention of dynamite. The notice said, “The merchant of death is dead” and went on to narrate that “Dr Alfred Nobel… became rich by finding ways to kill more people faster than ever before.” This publication disturbed Nobel hence his decision to leave a better legacy after his death.
Later in 1895, Alfred Nobel signed his last will and testament which bequeathed the bulk of his estates to fund the Nobel Prizes. Today, the Nobel Prizes are arguably the most prestigious, coveted and credible brand of honorary scheme in the world. Many people do not remember Alfred Nobel for his wealth. His name is not even often mentioned in reference to his inventions. The world celebrates him because of his legacy of the prizes.
Don’t live with the sole aim of making money without a design to leave a lasting legacy.
MONEY without good health is vain. Why would you sacrifice your health to make money and use the money to pay for treatment? In your pursuit for wealth, be sure to make time for callisthenics, balanced diet, recreation and rest. If you love your life, you will give consideration to your health when you make your money moves. Without good health, you will not live to enjoy your money.
© 2011 Terry Mante