old thought that one cannot be rich except at the expense of his
must pass away. True prosperity adds to the richness
such as that of the person who makes two trees grow
where only one
grew before. The parasitical belief in prosperity as
coming by the sacrifices of
no place in the mind that
thinks true. My benefit is your
benefit, your success
is my success, should be the basis of all our wealth.
Anne Rix Miltz
that causes others to be poor is no prosperity at all.
Instead, it's a rather sad way of trying to be successful, a
way to look after ourselves while ignoring the needs and
desires of our fellow human beings. It's a very lonely
way to live, and a very destructive one. If we try to
build our prosperity on the poverty of other human beings,
then we've lost much of our own humanity because we see
ourselves not as a part of humanity, but separate from
humanity, willing to make others suffer as we pick their
pockets of their own wealth.
gain that I make I want to be as a result of a contribution
to others, not as a result of taking from others. My
use of goods that I have in life should be made to benefit
others in addition to me. If I'm to be truly
prosperous, I have to share my prosperity--which is
something that we don't see nearly enough of in the world
currently, where it seems that everyone is out for what they
can get for themselves.
also important that we keep in mind that we can be
incredibly prosperous just by keeping our wants and needs
simpler. If I can afford to eat out every so often,
then I'm prosperous, unless I feel that I should eat out
every night and can't afford to do so. Then I'm
suffering from poverty. If I feel that I need a $150
pair of pants but can't afford them, then I have a
problem. If I'm fine with a nice pair of pants that
costs $20-30 and I can afford them, then I'm living a
have a lot of things--gadgets and tools and electronics and
toys and vehicles and houses. But when we see and hear
how many people are simply unhappy, we have to come to the
conclusion that we're not really that prosperous.
Let's look for prosperity in the ways that will help others
and simplify our lives.