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Desire, the beginning of human troubles

"The money powers prey upon the nation in times of peace and conspire against it in times of adversity. It is more despotic than a monarchy, more insolent than autocracy, and more selfish than, bureaucracy. It denounces as public enemies, all who question its methods or throw light upon its crimes."
- Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States of America.

Man, though born with the ability to become god and promote the well-being of his race throughout the world, more often than not, becomes a being full of envy, lust, and low cunning. As a result, he adopts pathetic ways to make a living by working upon the pride, prejudices, and weaknesses of the people on whom he pries to aggregate their wealth unto himself. There is nothing more despicable and pathetic than he who devotes all the hours of the waking day to the making of money for money's sake, in this fashion.

The power to make money is a gift that should be developed and used to the best of one's ability for the good of humanity. Who all is endowed with the gift of making money; it is his duty to, make money and still more money; and to use the money he makes, for the good of him and of his fellow man according to the dictates of his conscience. There is no other quality, as essential to happiness of any kind as the quality of the gift of giving. It overcomes almost everything, even nature, and provides the happiness men seek.

It is wrong to assume that men of immense wealth are always happy, for happiness is not a purchasable commodity. No amount of money can guarantee happiness.

Whilst men may be happy chasing after wealth, they desperately look for happiness in the emptiness of their life after a life long pursuit of wealth.

Desperate people make themselves incredibly vulnerable. This vulnerability propels them on, on an insatiable search for enough that is never enough; and the search for enough becoming a ritual of the search for abundance, even if one's life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.

Values

Our relationship with money, and the use of money, reveals a great deal about our values. Money can set us free and enslave us. Money can become a particularly insidious evil, or it can serve as a very useful tool in the world. Whereas, it is a guarantee that we may have what we want in the future and insures the possibility of satisfying a new desire when it arrives; for many, money becomes an idol of worship and root cause of all evil. We see it in our own culture as we pursue economic growth, no matter the cost to ourselves, the overall well-being of the nation, its people, and their values.

We do not realise that there is no social system that will bring us happiness, health, and prosperity; unless, such a system is inspired by something other than materialism and greed.

Lacking such inspirational thinking, "enough" becomes always more than what we have right now; and scarcity becomes the lens through which we see the world.

If we reflect on the place of money in our culture, how we ascribe worth and value to our ways of thinking; we will recognise how uncomfortable we are about our relationship with money and its use as a reflection of one's values.

Those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.

Thus, the starting point of all human troubles is desire; and it starts with the desire to be rich.

Every man strives for a luxurious lifestyle. Some people are born with a silver spoon and some make it to top with their own efforts. Yet, some people make money when blood is running in the streets. Some others make it by sucking blood out of people, like leeches.

The poor convert organs into money: selling kidney, lung, liver, and blood, to solve their poverty. The rich force the poor into poverty; and then, convert the poverty of the poor into wealth. Some even sell themselves for various purposes in order to make money.

The world is full of parasites of the human kind; and like organism that live on another organism, such humans habitually exploits others - his fellow men - to become rich, giving nothing in return to the society in which they live; and thinking nothing of the men they exploit or the manner of their attainment.

In fact, the majority of the human race can be, classified as parasitic from the way they treat their host planet, the earth; use up its resources, despoil its environment. Such behaviour is, ingrained in their habits.

Virus

We are like a virus, a disease, a cancer of this planet. Look at the shameless way in which some politicians exploit the achievements of others.

What better example do we need: They behave as if it is they who had accomplished or were solely responsible for the other's attainments, and achievements; but run a distant mile away from failures - their own or not.

Does this not reflect the qualities of a parasite: an obsequious sycophant who thrives on, and at, another's expense?

Man has for so long travelled the worn paths of accepted success that he has forgotten that, only by striking out new paths, success could be, repeatedly and reputedly achieved. However, to attain thus, one also needs to experience the nurturing companionship of a wise counsel rather than behave like, the know-alls of aspirants to power.

They do not try to let, what is unfair teach them; instead, they would rather be unfair and greedy.

Unlike in an ecosystem, a place of perfect balance, in which organisms living within the system have leant to live and let live, even if predatory, humans live by greed and give nothing back.

In an ecosystem, the predatory instinct creates the balance.

There, the worms eat fungi, insects eat worms, mice eats insects, owl eats mice, fungi eats dead owl; thus giving rise to the cycle of life; whereas, most humans want to apportion all to themselves, prying upon the weakness and vulnerability of other humans, and aggregate what belongs to the other, unto themselves: a pathetic way to make a living.

Puberty

Yet, they pretend to a spiritual puberty that does not exist in them.

The great horror of their life is in the engagement of the self within the shackles of greed and gluttony; and the realisation that there is nothing else left for them in life.

Finally, they burn with hunger for the recognition of goodness in them that does not exist; and die in the toxic, paralysing, self-consciousness.

Indeed a pathetic way to, live and die, if there ever was one.

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