So my friend is teaching his children that success is being able to afford more material possessions than the people that he surrounds himself with. Is this poison? Of course it is, but humor me with this failed reasoning.

Want & Desire Equals Poverty

Want and desire are poverty, no matter how much one has or does not have. To surround yourself with people that have less material possessions than you is a facade to thinking you are better off. To think you’re rich because others have less material possessions or money is only deceiving yourself. Anyone who wants or desires anything has just made themselves poor by this very action.

Classless Acts

Personally, I find it humorous when someone is in a state of want or desire. They have no class, dignity or wit. Desperation overcomes their emotions as if they were starving to death. Then the crying or whining begin as if they were children.

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On the other end of the spectrum, when people come into a lot of money, it seems like it entitles them as if now they are different people. Some actually believe they are upper class and their lives are worth more now because they have lots of money. Will that money add one day to their life? Will it add one ounce of happiness? Of course not, but don’t waste your breath trying to convince them.

Being Rich Is A State Of Mind

There are people that believe if someone makes $80,000 a year they are wealthy. Then there are people that believe that $250,000 a year are rich. When does the insanity end? Currently, the richest man in the world materially is Elon Musk. Does that mean that the rest are poor? What really is the meaning of success? If we are to go by this, then Elon Musk is the only successful person in the world! Sorry Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates and the other billionaires, they will just have to work harder and get more money if they want to be successful!

The Delusional Belief Of Upper-Class

Money itself is an illusion, furthermore they fabricate it and not base it on anything tangible or real. You can’t eat it, build with it, drive it or really do anything useful with it. The challenge is to pretend that it is actually worth something to get someone else’s tangible goods or services. They may consider someone to be upperclass who has a big house and fine car and reason to themselves that it must be the money that put them there. In reality, it is a debt that puts those people there.

What You Should Never Teach Your Children

Never teach your children that lots of money or material possessions are a success. You WILL set them up for failure and make them slaves to it! Look at all the dreadful things that people will do for it. There is no end to the sickness that the love of money creates. Brother turns on brother, sister on sister, mothers, fathers, friend and the list goes on and on. The most idiotic thing about this is that people echo it repeatedly as if they were a drug addict. Like Boss Hog on the Dukes of Hazzard, I believe most people are addicted to money. Good luck trying to find a friend or partner in life that is not.

The Meaning Of Success

The meaning of success is to be happy in this moment, right? Success is happiness or an accomplishment. No money or material possessions are needed for this at all. If you want your children to be successful, teach them about Love, compassion, Faith, goodness and so on. Teach them real virtues, teach them to be creative, teach them to fail forward! Most of all, set an example by doing it yourself!

“The only wealth which you will keep forever is the wealth you have given away.” — Marcus Aurelius.

Published by Maximus McCullough

Computer programmer, nature boy, musician, Alpha Male and Stoic Philosopher rolled into one. Happiness is my goal and inspiration is how I plan to get there.

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