Just as you can lead a horse to water, but can’t make him drink…
You can lead a President to facts, but you can’t make him think.
Remember the Greek myth of King Midas who wanted gold so badly that everything that he touched turned to gold? He couldn’t eat gold food. He couldn’t take gold with him when he died. After a while, all he could do was sit on his golden chair. (King Midas-Wikipedia)
Money is not evil, but the all-out pursuit—what and how you get it—can be evil. Who are you stepping on or killing to get it? Money can rule your life. Cases in point. The contamination of the water supply in Flint, Michigan, and the nerve of the city still asking residents to pay their water bills when they can’t drink or use the water. The lack of help for Puerto Rico by a government that doesn’t know that Puerto Rico is part of the United States (an unincorporated U.S. territory, U.S. citizenship granted 1917, though no vote in U.S. elections, Wikipedia), and the nerve of that same government demanding that any help be paid back. The examples are ad infinitum—they go on forever.
“It’s about greed. King Midas is just a tool used to teach us about the dangers of being greedy. Fancy people call this kind of story a parable: a short story with an obvious moral or life lesson.” (https://shmoop.com)
I’m not talking about rich people. There’s a great difference between wealth and greed, especially if the wealth was earned in a way that benefits the world. Every greedy person who is ruining the only Earth we have will soon find that out. Payback cometh!
Written by Rosa L. Griffin