Earn Money, Spend Money

Sivaramakrishnan AStarred Page By Sivaramakrishnan A, 21st Dec 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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The rich are only fooling themselves if they think they are benefiting their progenies by giving their immense wealth on a silver platter. They should always remember those who held the ladder for them to climb high - the poor majority.

Easy come, easy go

Spending own earnings gives us greater satisfaction than those given free. That means those who hoard deprive others of this basic human feel as they pass on the fruits of their hard work to their progeny or worse what they have accumulated through unfair means – a bad karma not only for them but also for those who inherit their wealth. But a basic human tendency is to hoard and then leave all to their loved ones. This is especially true in Asia. One can take away nothing – if it was possible then those enslaved to wealth might have just left with all their possessions! Such is the power of wealth to enslave. Nothing is really enough for few. Of course, some have the mortification to see their life’s efforts wasted right before their eyes. What is given free is frittered away without much thought – only those who have sacrificed will know the true value of their efforts.

Wealth Enslaves

Most of the ills in society are due to greed and depriving others of their just rewards. The wealthy lose the plot along the way. They forget those who held the ladder for them to climb higher or they even deny the ladder existed in the first place! Is it possible for anyone to make immense wealth all by themselves? But greed blinds people. The wealthy tend to lose their compassion along their way to compete with others who are also in the race – birds of the same feather flock together! They get carried away as accumulating great wealth is taken as a symbol of success. So the more the merrier!

Not only individuals, even companies and banks are drawn to this mad race. Money for its own sake, to get fame and to be in the limelight has become the driving motivation in life. Those who live otherwise are labeled as failures, lacking motivation. But the saving grace is - some are above such a race and find happiness to share and care. Material wealth is not their concern as they lead lives of contentment and peace. They are the real backbones of societies.

Choosing Right Rewards

As long as society is addicted to material wealth, our foundation will remain shaky. The coexistence will fail to gel. To make money one has to short-change others. Those who benefit society through hard work want to be left alone to pursue their path and money is not a motivator for them. The work they do is reward by itself. Of course, they need a decent income to maintain a certain standard of life. The wealthy generally test the borders of law to take advantage of the loopholes. And they attract others in the game like flies to honey.

The way to forge ahead based on unity is to bring down the level of greed. Now it has grown exponentially. The rich are feted as role-models. But the saying holds true generally – behind every fortune there is a crime! How much is enough is a question every sane person has to ask. It is one thing to achieve but not through stepping over others who are the majority. There can be no rich without the poor. The latter are willing to close their eyes but there are limits. The rich has to be aware of their feelings and patience as they cannot thrive in isolation.

Majority Holds the Ladder

The basic needs of the poor have to have priority over those of the wealthy that are based more on greed. When the hope of majority is extinguished, society will fall apart. Sadly greed manages to triumph everywhere – including in supposed communist countries like China and Russia that boast increasing numbers of overnight billionaires – good reason for deep thought as to where our society is heading. When wealth is at the top rung to motivate us, is used as the yardstick to measure success, then we are surely skating on thin ice!

Rich has much to thank for

The rich has to pause and ponder – are they really showering love on their children by leaving huge pile of wealth to their progenies? Are they not taking away the basic motivating factor from their loved ones by giving it all free on a silver plate? When I look around the lifestyles of super rich kids at casinos and such, I feel they hardly value what they have inherited. What is given free has no value! The world will indeed be a better place if we curb the greed which is the root cause of ills that plague us. The real progress of humanity cannot be measured through economic numbers. How we embrace others in totality without artificial borders will ensure our long term survival. It is time to rework the basics so that everyone without exception is counted upon to make our planet go around! Let us really make a new beginning celebrating the new lease of life. To be grateful is the way to go and the wealthy has more to thank for the new dawn! Life has to go on with better understanding and empathy – are we not in a common journey?

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
22nd Dec 2012 (#)

Thanks Steve for the quick moderation and the "star". Your encouragement is always appreciated - siva

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author avatar Judy Ellen
22nd Dec 2012 (#)

Congratulations on your star page and a job well done. Of course, I agree with you 100%! What this world needs more of is empathy, love and compassion which cannot be bought with money! The rich are really poor if they don't have empathy or compassion for their fellow human being.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
22nd Dec 2012 (#)

Thank you Judy - so happy to see you and your comments. I have seen many rich leading life of selfishness; they don't pay back to society that gave them much - siva

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author avatar Janelle Coulton
4th Mar 2013 (#)

Totally agree with your sentiments; some attitudes in society simply have to change. Congrats on the star too. Jel

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
5th Mar 2013 (#)

Thank you Jel. Depriving the vast majority of what is due is at the root of our problems. None should thrive in isolation - siva

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
22nd Dec 2012 (#)

What is it that Jesus said? - "It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to go to heaven." Thank you for your infinite wisdom, my brother Siva.

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author avatar Kingwell
11th Apr 2013 (#)

Hi Steve, I think these words of Jesus are misunderstood by the majority who read the Bible. There is a place called the eye of a needle, and a camel can get through it but it is difficult.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
12th Apr 2013 (#)

Thanks Kingwell for your input and clarification - siva

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
22nd Dec 2012 (#)

Thanks for the appreciation Steve. The final wish of Alexander the Great was to leave the palms of his hands wide open hanging by the side of his coffin - to let his people know he left this world as he came - with nothing! Let us also leave with clear conscience and without regrets - siva

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author avatar Terry Trainor
22nd Dec 2012 (#)

Another gem my friend, well said

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
23rd Dec 2012 (#)

Thanks Terry for your support and encouragement - siva

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
22nd Dec 2012 (#)

as Terry says...another of your wonderful gems dear Siva...holiday greetings xox

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
23rd Dec 2012 (#)

Thank you Carolina. Seasons Greetings and happy holidays - siva

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author avatar M G Singh
23rd Dec 2012 (#)

Nice post Siva, Very timely as well.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
23rd Dec 2012 (#)

Thanks Madan for your support - siva

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author avatar Buzz
23rd Dec 2012 (#)

Truly inspiring, siva-ji. Happy Holidays!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
23rd Dec 2012 (#)

Thank you dear Buzz. Happy holidays for you too - siva

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author avatar Chosen one
24th Dec 2012 (#)

This is truly inspiring but a lot has to do with what the so called "rich" plans has to do in life. The "Rich" have acquired a status of living which impedes them to hoard and spend.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
28th Dec 2012 (#)

Thank you Chosen One. The rich made their money courtesy the poor! So it is only fair that they share a portion by bequeathing to society - siva

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author avatar Retired
29th Dec 2012 (#)

Thanks for the insight, success for your article

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
29th Dec 2012 (#)

Thank you Caesar for your visit and comments - siva

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author avatar Teila
29th Dec 2012 (#)

Excellent job as always!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
30th Dec 2012 (#)

Thank you Teila for your comments. May the New Year bring you and family prosperity, health, happiness and peace - siva

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author avatar Retired
1st Jan 2013 (#)

Another starry gem...

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
1st Jan 2013 (#)

Thank you Rama-ji. Missed you for some time. May the New Year bring you Happiness and Peace - siva

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author avatar Souvik
10th Jan 2013 (#)

Excellent article, Shivaji, very well written.
Souvik Chatterji

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
10th Jan 2013 (#)

Thank you Souvik-ji for your encouragement - siva

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
16th Jan 2013 (#)

So brilliantly noted and explained, great work Siva ji. Well analyzed and no one can deny it... just read or listen to...

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
16th Jan 2013 (#)

Thank you dear Karim. If only the rich thought more about the poor. In a way, they sacrificed for the rich by remaining poor, materially! siva

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author avatar vellur
4th Feb 2013 (#)

A great write with so mush wisdom and insight, lot to be thought about.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
4th Feb 2013 (#)

Thanks Vellur for your visit and comments. Greed is a real spoiler of happiness - it affects those who are greedy and also others who have to put up with them! siva

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author avatar madugundurukmini
10th Mar 2013 (#)

earn and spend money

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
11th Mar 2013 (#)

Thanks Rukmini - the best way is to spend what is earned by ourselves - siva

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author avatar Kingwell
11th Apr 2013 (#)

Another great read. I will have to read all that you have written here - and share with my friends though facebook etc, I like the quote from Warren Buffett: the perfect amount to leave children is "enough money so that they would feel they could do anything, but not so much that they could do nothing."

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
12th Apr 2013 (#)

Thanks Kingwell for your support and kind words. I have seen in Asia rich people denying the basics for those working for them in their effort to compete with others to leave huge wealth to their children who hardly deserve such - siva

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author avatar Phyllis Smith A.
11th May 2013 (#)

Much to reflect on here; thank you for writing this, Siva.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
11th May 2013 (#)

Thank you Phyllis for reading and commenting. I have seen few in Asia leaving huge fortunes to children who just do not know the value of what they have inherited. It is squandered away what was squirreled away by their parents! siva

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