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Relativity of Wealth

Add comment June 11th, 2008

Albert EinsteinI am absolutely convinced that no wealth in the world can help humanity forward, even in the hands of the most devoted worker. The example of great and pure individuals is the only thing that can lead us to noble thoughts and deeds. Money only appeals to selfishness and irresistibly invites abuse. Can anyone imagine Moses, Jesus or Ghandi armed with the money-bags of Carnegie?

- Albert Einstein

In a supposedly advanced modern world, you’d think that we would have reached a greater level of enlightenment. Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be the case. In a world that’s grown significantly richer, people too easily lose sight of the duality of money. Too little of it usually means a harsh life of poverty. On the other hand, too much of it easily leads to accumulation of material wealth for the sheer sake of being wealthy, i.e. greed and selfishness.

While we definitely need money for financial security, money itself holds no special power for bringing about positive change. In a world driven by money, there’s no doubt that wealth helps provide the capital for bringing about the advancement of humanity. Ultimately though, the most important parts of the formula for forward progress lie in something less physical and fundamentally intangible: the human mind, heart, and spirit.