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This week, I was in the mood to talk about jealousy. My very first Think a Bit Thursday was about Gladiator, but this movie has such strong values that I couldn’t help but bring it into another Think a Bit Thursday. In Gladiator, the emperor chooses a soldier of his to take his place rather than his son. The son becomes jealous and attempts to murder the soldier. From there, he is a jealous train wreck.
This leads me to talk about jealously. There is a common theme between people in this day and age: A majority of people envy and/or are jealous of rich people. I was once angry at rich people like nearly everyone else. I despised them. Why does a person need 5 cars? Why do they need that big of a house? Why do they eat all of this expensive food for no reason? I couldn’t stand these people who used money to wipe their nose. But then I opened my eyes.
At this very moment, what do you want in life? You want success. I want success. I want to have a job where I get very well paid. The goal is to get a ton of money. Money does not equate to happiness, but money will classify me as successful. You want money. You want a raise. You want a high paying job. Aren’t rich people what we strive to be?
They are model citizens. They are Americans who worked hard, starting from the bottom just like me and you, and they became successful. We think of them as being greedy, cold, heartless people, but they are simply successful. Are some full of greed? Yes. But should we hate them for achieving what we want? No. Don’t tell me you don’t want to be rich. Everyone dreams of winning the lottery and having spending money.
People with money aren’t men who steal and do business deals with shady corporations. No. They are successful because they work hard. They are basically what we strive to be. They started with a dream and an idea, and they worked at it. That’s why Donald Trump is Donald Trump.
When a rich person goes out and buys two Porsches, a Lamborghini, and a Ferrari, I no longer despise them. I know that they earned it. They earned those cars because they earned that money because they worked hard for it. That’s it. If I were rich I would spend generously as well.
But it’s not our business what the rich spend their money on. If I had an excess amount of wealth, I would likely donate it and use it for others, but if somebody with a ton of money doesn’t feel like it is their place to do that, what can we do? We can get upset, but it’s their money. I can’t get upset at people for not spending their money on certain things. Besides, many wealthy people donate to charities and organizations that help others. People cannot classify rich people into one big mush of people who are greedy and selfish. It’s neither true nor correct.
Don’t hate people that are rich. Don’t be jealous and envy them. Instead, if you can’t bring yourself to recognize their success and applaud them for it, strive to be them. Jealousy is blind, but inspiration is wise.
That was some food for thought for you. Of course, you likely have some thoughts on how we should view rich people. I may have a billionaire subscriber. (I highly, highly doubt it) Whatever the case may be, leave a comment below with your thoughts. Thanks for reading!