A short time ago, a friend recommended the book, The Richest Man in Babylon (Affiliate link). He’s got a business mind and does business consulting. He’s helping me grow my own, and this book was part of my “homework.”
I picked up a copy on Amazon and read it pretty much in one night. It’s not horribly in-depth, but it offers some very practical advice. It offers advice we need in troubled time.
You see, when we’re talking about difficult times, it’s easy to think about the physical reality of it. We can imagine riots or robberies. What we don’t think about isÂ financial upheaval. We don’t think about that, but we should.
Something that’s been bouncing around in my head for a while is the idea of wealth. In particular, the accumulation of wealth for the sake of accumulating wealth.
Over the years, there’s been a lot of words spilled over the topic, and most of it seems to be pretty negative. We hear that money is the root of all evil, that greed is bad, that any desire to have more than what you need betrays your lack of moral character.
But honestly, I’ve never bought that.
Instead, I see wealth as power. While it has also been said that power corrupts, that’s not necessarily true either. Power is just attractive to the corruptible. Wealth is no different. Sure, we can find plenty of rich jackasses, they’re jackasses for reason that have little to do with wealth and the power that’s associated with it.
No, wealth is power, but it’s power that you can also use for good in your life and the life of others.