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Is there a benefit in continuous accumulation of material things and money?
What is the upside/downfall of striving for material wealth and money? What do you think?
Saving up money for old age so you can spend it down when you're unable to work and without relying on the state to provide for you.
@Jackie, you are the quintessential example of a person w/a poverty, struggle, & scarcity consciousness, mentality, mindset, outlook & philosophy. You are the type of person who wants to be poor & struggling. You should have been taught the benefits of socioeconomic prosperity at a young age by your parents & schools. It is quite sad that you don't or don't want to learn the benefits of socioeconomic prosperity.
Well, let me educate you in that regard. Money is the TOOL of life. It means the difference between a comfortable, civilized quality of life & a primitive, animalistic, subsistent existence where struggle, poverty, & lack are normative. It is the difference between having better quality of food, clothing, health care, housing, & education. Money means access to travel & participation in intellectual & cultural things for yourself & for your children.
Wise & intelligent people know the VALUE of money. There ISN'T nothing wrong w/wealth. One inve$ts & $aves monies to benefit themselves when things become tough & in their old age. One furthermore inve$ts & $aves monies so h/she won't have to live in poverty. Also, one inve$ts & $aves monies in order for one descendants to have an easier life.
No intelligent & educated person wants to live in poverty & be bereft of material goods. Only a person from an impoverished background is comfortable w/the notion of impoverishment, struggle, & lack. Only a person w/such a background would ask this question.
P.S. One can use wealth to help others in need & to better the society h/she lives in. There is so much to be done w/wealth-to live a better life for oneself & one's family & to help others do the same. Poverty isn't chic no matter how one believes that it is. Poverty is abysmal. When will people realize this?
I'll give the shortest answer for this -- Anything too much is bad
The rest is history...
Very fun one on this subject. This last year I went to 3 different churches and heard the sermon condemning wealth and money. All three were followed by passing the plate. I don't know. I am just saying.
The downside is worshiping it like a false idol.
The upside is being able to "share" it with others.
Poor old wealth gets such a bad wrap. It ain't the having or the not having it, it is how you spend it.
Spirituality is all-inclusive, and we cannot jump faster than Grace. Furthermore, it is a journey of growth, evolution. If a thorn pricks you, you may need another thorn to remove it and move on.
Material wealth does have its value and desire is necessary for growth. The child really wants its milk and nappies changed! As we grow, certain things become less meaningful. I have to say, though, that attachment is the problem. With a knife I can peel fruits and cut flowers, or I can stab someone. Do not be a slave to anything.
The spiritual life calls for duty with detachment. That is to say, always do your best, but offer the fruits of your actions to God. Nothing is ours, really, we are simply passing through. Still, while here, you may be able to utilise a situation to assist someone in his/her growth. Simply be aware of the attachment.
if you feel that you do not have sufficient inner strength, then yes, leave material wealth alone. Make sure it's a call from the divine and not aggrandisement of ego. Much Love.
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