December 22,2018, Phoenix-
I’m down here, during the day at least, for three days. It is the 34th annual Grand Canyon Baha’i Conference. This year’s theme is “Advancing Human Welfare and Prosperity: What is Your Role?”
I’ve long had a view of money, wherein it is to be invested, and used, in a heartfelt manner. Time was, when that led me to spend on my friends and family, though often in a haphazard way, which led some in the family to actually think I didn’t care about THEM.
Marriage and an extended family changed my practices. The needs of the home, then of our child, became paramount. We still traveled a lot, as a family, and once we returned to live in Arizona, after 5 + years in South Korea, there were eight years of living in scant rent, (but not decrepit), houses.
Phoenix changed that and, after five years of relative prosperity and of meeting our bills-came the trifecta- Penny’s health got worse, Madoff came and made off with certain of the extended family’s investments and the housing crunch killed our heretofore carefully planned mortgage. The microphone dropped, in a very bad way.
Fast forward to 2018, and the next bad national scene. This time, however, I am in a better place, financially and in many other respects. My sole task is to make sure that I don’t become anyone else’s burden- so the resources are to be nurtured, not to be handed out to any and all comers. Enough said about that.
I am in good hands, in terms of advisement and here is the greater deal: Like water, soil and any other resource, money does not dissipate for eternity. It goes places, and needs to be tracked and nurtured. If water is not conserved and stored, in a loving manner, it will flow back into the soil, or evaporate into the cloud cover, or get polluted and be rendered useless. If money is not conserved, and invested, in a loving manner, then it will go willy-nilly, into the pockets of the unwise, who will always want more, or into the hands of the unseemly, who will sneer at one’s foolishness.
Wealth that endures, comes from the heart. I am being nurtured, financially, because I tended to the extended family’s needs, four years ago, and orchestrated the sale of property that needed to be sold, in a prudent manner. The other factor, which some may find hard to understand, is that careful giving, in the years since I recovered financially, has stoked the energy of prosperity. That, and being detached from the day-to-day ups and downs, have made life a whole lot easier and more productive, thus-increasing potential wealth.
Finally, as the speakers in the first day of this conference noted, wealth is intended to generate the OVERALL prosperity of the human race. There is no point, in the long run, of having a small coterie pile up wealth that they cannot possibly use, whilst there are others in such destitution as to bring any caring observer to the knees. This does not mean random, forced confiscation of “excess” wealth. It does mean, however,that there be a drastic, and widespread change of heart, especially among the wealthiest .1 % of the world’s populace.