Saturday, April 8, 2017

What too much money does to people...

Lord Acton (1834-1902) famously said: "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men..."

It often seems to me that the word “power” could easily be interchanged with “money” in that same quote, as we see everyday the devastating effect money has on humans, from nouveaux riches to many politicians, entrepreneurs artists or famous athletes.

Too often, being rich isn't enough; there is a visceral need of maintaining a high level of wealth at all cost and, more often than not, a real addiction forms to amplifying the thirst for even more wealth.

This flaw in the human psyche pushes what would normally be good people to do things that are simply irrational or just awful. Think about Lance Armstrong or Hillary Clinton and you get the picture.

Most of us need to remember Jesus admonition “lead us not into temptation” and, of course, be perceptive and honest enough to see what temptation is all about.

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