Spirituality and Wealth

Question of The Day September 25, 2012 ~ Spirituality and Wealth ~

I’m often disappointed by people that claim to be ‘spiritual’ but still insist on clinging to their material wealth. To my mind spirituality and wealth are mutually exclusive. You can have both but not at the expense of one for the other… or am I wrong?

I do not find spirituality and wealth to be mutually exclusive, and it is very difficult to hold on to wealth and maintain spiritual development.

Like many things in life, it seems to be a probability thing.

By the standards of many nations, Ailsa and I are rich, but we have no cash, and a $50,000 overdraft.

Balanced against that, we have our home, on a half acre section, a small 30 acre farm growing trees, and a business that trickles in a bit of money.

We donate $300 a month to the UN to fight hunger.

We have lots of toys, lots of freedom, and a rich community life.

So – are we wealthy or poor?

I refuse to exploit others, and insist on delivering great value with the products and services I supply.

So I consider myself an ethical businessman, in as far as markets allow for ethics.

About Ted Howard NZ

Seems like I might be a cancer survivor. Thinking about the systemic incentives within the world we find ourselves in, and how we might adjust them to provide an environment that supports everyone (no exceptions) with reasonable security, tools, resources and degrees of freedom, and reasonable examples of the natural environment; and that is going to demand responsibility from all of us - see www.tedhowardnz.com/money
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1 Response to Spirituality and Wealth

  1. Nice one! Materialism and spirituality can’t really go together. I mean, giving priority to one means neglecting the other. I once wrote an article titled “money versus all things”. Do the search on google, it should be on the first page. All things, represents our true values and inner desires or virtues. Lovely points!


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