10/10/2013

How Much Money Is Enough Money?

As the 21st century speeds forward, fitfully propelling itself toward an inevitable moment of capitalist breakdown, and the servile mass of humankind is plunged ever further into the stinking depths of unbounded avarice, it seems pertinent to inquire as to how much wealth one person should be allowed to possess during the course of one lifetime. Or, to put it succinctly, "How much money is enough money?"

If a person can maintain a high state of luxury, while millions of other human beings are starving, is that enough money?

If a person can afford to buy more pairs of shoes than are reasonably necessary for someone with only two feet, is that enough money?

If a person can afford to have all of their desires quickly fulfilled, without any degree of worry or delay, is that enough money?

If a person can afford to regularly visit countries in which poverty is rampant, always staying in the best hotels, is that enough money?

If a person can afford to buy their way out of any problem or predicament as soon as it arises, is that enough money?

If a person can afford to keep their food in a refrigerator whose dimensions are nearly equal to a small house, is that enough money?

If a person can afford to never be concerned regarding the cost of any purchase, no matter how expensive it might be, is that enough money?

If a person can afford to send their children to the finest schools, while other children never learn to read or write, is that enough money?

If a person can afford to follow their own selfish fancies, entirely avoiding the usual strife of daily living, is that enough money?

If a person can afford to employ a staff of underlings for the humble serving of their every need and the performance of menial tasks, is that enough money? 

If a person can afford to make impressive donations to varied charities, being careful not to detract from the quality of their own comfort, is that enough money?

If a person can afford to live in a huge dwelling with sufficient room to provide shelter for a community of indigent families, is that enough money?

Once again, "How much money is enough money?" According to the irrational rules of the free market, which constantly are thrust upon us, contaminating the essence of our collective values and crudely affirming a reckless outlook of utter inhumanity, no amount of money can ever be designated as enough money. A poor person wants to be rich, a rich person wants to be richer, a millionaire wants to be a billionaire, and so it is likely to continue, until the world finally is consumed by a frenzy of greed.