Thinking About Wealth

Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama


When the Dalai Lama asked what surprises him most about humanity, he answered, “Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the results being that the does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”

We do some crazy stuff for money — not because of money itself but because of what we believe about money.

In a recent conversation with myself about wealth, I realized I pick and choose. Not all wealth is the same I say to myself. (As if money as anything to say about it.) If money is spent on making the world a better place, it’s “good.” If money is dedicated to self-indulgence, it’s “bad.” These judgments come from my ambivalence and lead me down a path of discomfort and disease.

Knowing this helps me see the crazy I create for myself just like the crazy the Dalai Lama observed above.