The Misconception About Wealth
The idea that
“Wealth brings happiness,”
So alluring and believable
To those who have neither
And those who want more.
So seemingly innocuous,
The simple desire for comfort and joy,
The hope for a better life,
An answer so deceptively plain.
It is an idea that captivates
The hearts of many,
Singing in the dreams of the needy,
Sliding from the slippery tongues
Of con-men and hucksters,
A lie dangling
In the empty promises of tyrants.
A noxious weed
That when allowed to grow
Becomes a monstrous preoccupation,
Addictive as any drug,
An acquisitive desire beyond reason,
A ravenous thirst
That cannot be quenched.
“It is the engine,” they tell us,
“The beneficial obsession
That drives all commerce and industry.
The ambition by which
All great things are accomplished,
Through which one gains
The respect and love of others,
By which any man
Can become a king.”
It is this very seedy thought
Which causes so much
Pain and suffering and despair.
The idea that leads so many
Down a crooked path
Giving over to cheating, trickery,
Thievery and conquest,
Yes, even murder
And the blind disregard
Of those knocked aside or used
In the rush of their onslaught.
In the madness of blind desire,
The terrible lies blossom,
That I, and not you
Should have it all,
The mistaken belief
That love and kindness
Are attributes of the weak,
Losers all, for which there is no hope,
Lazy, un-ambitious, ineffective,
Worthless and unrealistic wimps,
Annihilating once and for all,
The virtue of empathy,
Just a useless and foolish emotion.
But at the end of the game,
Wealth does not bring happiness.
The desire for wealth, in fact,
Displaces happiness altogether.
It becomes a selfish and self-destructive want
Leading only to isolation from others,
Breeding waste, mistrust,
Disrespect and fear.
Self-satisfaction, pride, possessions
And self aggrandizement
Are just lonely consolation prizes,
Hollow and empty vessels
That hold no joy or happiness
The true nature of our universe
Is that all things depend on one another,
Each supporting the other
In a chain of life,
Each act affecting all others.
It is only through love,
Friendship, kindness and sharing
That true happiness
Can be nurtured.
To learn when is enough,
Co-operating and working together
And helping others
To achieve the impossible dream
Of a better world.
A hope in which all
Can become happy and prosper,
And in which
All can be wealthy.
For love and happiness
Are the true wealth.
Ask anyone who has neither.