‘It cannot be when the root is neglected that what should spring from it will be well ordered.’ Bruce Lee
The vast majority of the game of life is played internally. This can be perceived quite easily if one answers the following 2 questions:
1) Is it possible for someone to have all the riches, wealth, power and external pleasures that the world can provide, and yet still be an unhappy, lonely, and morally bankrupt person?
2) Is it possible for a person to possess very little, yet be truly happy, rich in spirit, abundant in friendship, and a great human being?
There is a minimum physical requirement of wealth that allows for the physical existence of the body and the consciousness it contains.
Having that minimum is essential for all else.
Beyond that all is optional to a degree.
I have no problem with some having Lear Jets if all are well nourished.
I do have issues with a system that promotes market measures of wealth for wealth’s sake, while the vast majority of humanity struggles for basic nourishment, sanitation, healthcare and education.
I agree with you in the sense that once the basic needs of existence are met, then the building of self is primary, and one’s ability to build is very much a function of having the essentials of food, water, sanitation, health, security present, so that one has the time and energy and tools to develop oneself.
And the “tools” in this sense are mostly found in the teachings of others, books, audio, video, etc.
And to become a part of self, the tools must be used, in practice, daily.
And part of that is recognising how our many levels of choices impact all the many levels of systems we are part of – biological, social, cultural, ecological, geological, cosmological.