When will people come to the realization that socioeconomic wealth is the most important thing
in American society(always has and always will be) as socioeconomic wealth means power, influence, political clout, and having the means of making the rules? What many people fail to realize that socioeconomic wealth is the difference between being powerful and powerless. In American society, having money means more political power in that politicians tend to listen/respect those who with the wealth and ignore those without wealth. Wealth means power to improve and maintain communities and neighborhoods. It also means wealthy people are less likely to be victimized than poor people.
Many people still associate wealth with evil. They view poverty or struggle as a virtue. They use terms like "filthy rich" or they hate to see others accumulate wealth.
Last year Robert Downey Jr. made $75M for his work in Iron Man 3. In 2013 Warren Buffett earned $37M (per day).
Many folks commented; "No one deserves to be paid that much!" They still associate wages in conjunction with (trading time) hourly/weekly for pay. However the rich garner their wealth based upon (profits) and not wages! This is a completely different mindset.
Lots of folks also point to verses in the bible such as Mark 10:25 "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God." or Mark 8:36 "For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?"
Oftentimes even on HP you will see the question; "Would you (rather) have money or true love?" - As if it's not possible to have both!
My point is as long as the masses associate wealth with being underhanded, greedy, cheating, or some other morally bankrupt characteristic they will continue to encourage the government to play "Robin Hood" rather than attempt to become rich themselves.
SPOT ON answer as usual, Mr. Dashing. Wealth has been equated to evil & greed by the masses.They insist that it' quite superfluous to be wealthy, not knowing that wealth=power+ownership+advantages for themselves/families..Wealth=means to HELP oth
Unfortunately I must say that the answer truly is never because too many people are comfortable with less, as long as less than what they truly want or need is familiar to them and within easier reach. Anything outside what they've been raised to believe or choose to believe is evil, greedy, crazy, out of their reach, etc. It's also common for many people to do only what gets them "by" and not go beyond that, even when it is in their best interests short and long term.
Many people have anger and jealousy for those who have amassed any amount of wealth and I cannot understand when people say "they earned too much, they have too much" and anything remotely along these lines.
It is a fact that just one illness, an accident, the death of your spouse or loved one, a lawsuit, or a criminal act that injures you or causes you financial loss can bankrupt you. Even those who think one million or two million dollars in assets/cash/investments is a lot, they really need to think about how much life they likely have to live and how dedicated they are to staying healthy as well as many other variables. Perhaps once some of these people learn this lesson the "hard" way, they will wake up and change their mindset towards money, and maybe their lives?
Lastly, I will say that I have always felt it to be that a real or perceived lack of money is the root of all evil, not money itself as so many claim.
Definitely, there are people who are quite envious of the highly successful & wealthy, they call the wealthy elitist instead of reading books about success/wealth. While they envy them, they lead quite purgatorial, even hellish socioeconomic live
Well right now you have about 220 Million Americans who believe having wealth does not matter because they think they will go to a magical Kingdom of Heaven for eternity when they die. Once people stop believing in such childish nonsense, they will be forced to look at the misery of their own impoverished lives here on earth.
I couldn't have agreed w/you more. So many people believe that wealth somehow is negative & that wealthy people are greedy. This is because they have been inculcated that such is evil when any intelligent person knows that wealth=personal power.
Wealth offers something even greater than power. It offers personal freedom--freedom to do anything and experience everything. That's probably what you're saying: power over your own life.
Amen Old-Empresario! I could not agree more and this is the huge and valid reality that so many people are oblivious to. SAD.
Wealth is important in our society. Wealth creates jobs/opportunities.Having wealth means having power and clout.Yet many people believe that people shouldn't have wealth, even decrying it as evil. read more
Grace, those that seek to monopolize wealth and power will always instrument and propagandize the ideal that wealth is evil. It is a strategy that has been played out throughout the centuries; generations of humans have been taught to believe in the "vice" and "sin" of greed from the cradle. This strategy has been carried out from a variety of sources, from ancient dynasties to religious institutions and straight to the elites of socialist and communist regimes. Desire for money, desire for better living conditions, desire for a plain better, easier life is not the problem. Accumulating wealth and a better standard of living does not harm; but the insatiable quest to block the ability or means of others to likewise accumulate is. This tyranny will continue as long as the human race swallows the sanctimonious guilt-trips the power-hungry try to feed us.
by janesix 7 years ago
Why take more resources than you need to be comfortable? How many cars or jets or mansions is REALLY enough?Is it wrong to take more than your fair share?
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