Second Week of December-Danger of Material Wealth

It is true that so far as material wealth gives time for ideal ends and exercise to ideal energies, wealth is fine. But material wealth does this only in some cases. Often the desire to gain wealth and the fear of losing it are chief breeders of cowardice and propagators of corruption. There are all to many cases where the wealthy person must be a slave, while the person who strives not for material wealth is a free person.

Think of the strength which personal indifference to material things gives a person who is devoted to unpopular causes. He need no longer hold his tongue or fear to support an unpopular cause. His stock might fall, his hope of promotion vanish, his salary stagnate, his club door close, but he is free to be true to his spirit, and his example ultimately makes the world a better place.

Wealth when put in perspective and not sought as a goal in itself is fine so long as our real feelings and beliefs, rooted in our own nature, and in what we know is right, are matched with our actions without inhibition.

William James and Constantin Stanislavski

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