We see sour faces even from the rich, giving out a feeling that the world has been unfair to them! It is one thing to achieve wealth but the reward is greater, if it goes with the right attitude & empathy. Most will prefer to be rich, if given a choice, but it also brings out the negatives that have to be handled with care & right spirit; otherwise, all achievements will ring hollow soon!
Billionaires are sprouting everywhere, even in communist countries; deserts do bloom! New-found billionaires are finding their feet & reveling in their wealth, sometimes losing their heads in the process! It is indeed time Bill Gates & Warren Buffet made their forays into China & India to nudge their super-rich gently, to give back to society, a portion of their wealth, even when alive!! It can be revolting to some whose very reason d’être for all their efforts is to get higher in the rich lists, released once too often! No wonder, someone asked Bill Gates, whether he really meant to give most of his wealth away!
The fact is some carry their riches with a heavy burden & even guilt, especially when surrounded by the poor! The poor tends to be happy hoping that they would get rich one day, but the rich get nightmares that they would become poor by turn of bad luck! No wonder, when the financial storm was raging, some kept awake at night, wondering if there were any safe assets at all, when even mighty institutions started swaying in the storm! Their hangers-on make their lives miserable feeding on the uncertainty that heavens would soon fall!
Alexander the Great, wanted his palms left wide open, hanging from the sides of his coffin, for all to see that he could carry nothing away, despite all his conquests; then what about the ordinary mortal! All the wealth is generated from this world, so why not share it along with the qualities that made them rich & also the secrets! Hard-work & focus are there for all to see, but also the sacrifices made by their families & others, who stood by them through thick & thin! These disclosures will prove that no man is an island & society is entitled to the wealth ultimately; of course, excluding those who wait for the manna to fall from the heavens, without lifting a finger! There are many instances when the wealth falls ultimately into the wrong hands, who just squander them away!
If the wealth is made the upright way, why hide them? Also, the financial institutions should divulge the accounts to proper authorities thereby showing their moral uprightness by not encouraging sleaze! Unfortunately, the poorer countries get to bear the brunt, with some among them slashing wealth away, not only from the prying eyes of authorities, but also everyone else! The wealth of the land is wasted way, a crime against the poor!
There are no better ambassadors than the two wealthiest, Gates & Buffet to carry their thankless mission to get their kindred spirits to go the extra mile with them & do their bidding! Some will, of course, hold on to wealth more than their lives! Hope burns eternal and they would, hope against hope, that the spoils of this world would at least give them a foundation at a later stage! The smiles in the faces of those who decided to give away some of their wealth should be enough encouragement for others not only to bring the smiles to their poorer cousins, in their poorer countries, but also take a load off their off-springs, two birds in one stroke! The best way is always to make our own dough, to enjoy the fruits of our labor better! So much better to bequeath the right attitudes than loading with wealth, some ill-gotten to boot! An asset is more of a liability, if it falls into the wrong hands! It is mostly so, if it is a bequest! Some do realize their folly even before their death, seeing the wealth like an albatross around the necks of their nearest & dearest! It is up to us to give away when we can & at the appropriate time; once that time is past, it could be gone forever!