There’s a small, but very prominent group of individuals in our society who view money as the end, not the means.
Long after all of their monetary needs and desires were met, they continue their pursuit of more, more, more. Somewhere along the way these individuals completely lost (or chose to ignore) the knowledge that there are diminishing returns to their continued relentless drive for higher net worth.
Sadly, nothing can break them from their sickness. Any poor soul who stands in the way of them adding to their secured-cloud vault stockpiles hovering somewhere over the Bahamas (or Panama) is the enemy. These individuals will spend tens, sometimes hundreds of millions of dollars just to eliminate the slightest perceived opposition to them hoarding even larger sums of cash.
Usually the wreckage is not just limited to their perceived rivals. It can include relationships with friends, family, co-workers, and employees, the environment, politicians with a moral compass, taxpayers, their community, and even society as a whole.
Somehow this greed and gluttony to amass useless wealth became acceptable, even admirable to many. I see it as anything but. And it reminds me of this quote:
“Prosperity is only an instrument to be used, not a deity to be worshiped.”
That excellent nugget of wisdom is brought to you by America’s 30th president, Calvin Coolidge, circa 1928. And it’s just as relevant now as it was then.
If money isn’t used as a tool to make this world a better place for others and for yourself (without being at the expense of others), then what’s the point of its pursuit?