How much is enough? How far am I willing to go?
“It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor“
Mark is a family man, who works hard to earn his pay, always trying to do what’s right, don’t cheat, don’t steal and all those good virtues of life. John is his neighbour, he is the opposite of Mark, does whatever it takes to succeed.
John once told Mark that life is a jungle full of Men and Monsters with a common goal, money.
The men are those like Mark, always trying to do what’s right, feeding off the scraps, subjected to the fate life dictates. But the true rulers of this world are the Monsters, they have their pick, feeding off the pain of others, lifes own very right hand. So in order to succeed, he has to become less of a man and more of a monster.
Growing up we all had dreams, the older we got the more difficult it was dreaming. Struggle, hustle, survive, this has become the mottor.
Life has become a nightmare for most, stealing dreams, inducing disbelief, corrupting the air we breathe.
Open your eyes, shine your eyes, wise up, no dulling, get rich or die trying etc. Phrases, coined to make us feel it is ok to be lesser of men and more of what life wants us to be.
The cloud of hate, greed and vice ever growing, the wind of hardship and struggle blowing away those not strong enough, and that unending pursuit of money which we take to our graves, having lived unfulfilled lives.
This has become the circle of life, make money, get money, pursue wealth, drifting us further away from those and things that should matter more.
“It’s good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it’s good, too, to check up once in a while and make sure that you haven’t lost the things that money can’t buy.” George Lorimer.
I often ask how much is enough? 1 million, 1 billion, the truth is enough is not enough, the quest for wealth is insatiable. Its like a curse, passed down from one generation to another, unnoticed and festering.
“Money is something, but it isn’t everything“
You shouldn’t be willing to do anything to be successful, just do the needful. When you are willing to break all boundaries to get wealth, greed sets in, it becomes a sickness, festering and spreading, feeding off others and in time, a monster is born.
Love is the key to happiness, its the solution to living a fulfilled life.
“Money is like love, it kills slowly and painfully the one who withholds it, and enlivens the other who turns it on his fellow man.” Kahlil Gibran.
Some people are like Mark, others like John. But one thing we share in common is the quest to succeed, to live a fulfilled life. The path we choose, are what defines us.
The real measure of your wealth is how much you’d be worth if you lost all your money.