All throughout life, you strive to create and build your wealth.
There is something magical about creating wealth because given the right circumstances you can create enormous sums of money even with just very little to start with. Proof of this capacity is not only in the rags to riches stories that abound, but also in how you earned your first pay check as an employee or how you made your first sale as a businessman.
You were endowed with the power to become a co-creator in this world. But that power was given to many others as well. In fact, everyone on the planet was given that power. This however begs the question, “Then why are there still poor people?”
The answer is that with great power comes great responsibility. And that responsibility can be summed up in one word: sharing.
Now sharing should not be taken as merely giving dole outs. Fr. Anton Pascual, the executive director of Caritas Manila would be the first one to say that dole outs are not the way to help the poor. Empowering them with the right education and training so that they could also experience the dignity behind work is the way.
Unfortunately, there is the temptation to overlook the responsibility of sharing when riches are already at your feet. There is lack of empathy. This is evident in the streets where the first persons to come to the aid of a fallen motorcycle rider are other motorcycle riders. Drivers who can afford to buy a vehicle much more expensive than the two-wheeled workhorse will merely slow down and then drive on.
I recently watched a video on Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ilxjo5RlzFc) where Coby Persin launched a social experiment to see what kind of homeless person will be helped more, one who is asking for money to buy weed, alcohol and drugs or one who is homeless with his daughter. It turned out that more people gave money to the homeless individual who wanted to buy weed, alcohol and drugs.
Amazingly, one of the few people to help the homeless person and his daughter was another poor individual. She said that all she made for that day was a small amount. But because the homeless guy and his daughter seemed to need it more than her, she wholeheartedly gave it away. She even asked if she could say a prayer for the homeless person and his daughter.
You are ready to be rich if you keep the feeling of empathy in your heart. This empathy will lead you to share the proper way (and not through dole outs). For no matter how big or small a wealth you create, somebody will always need it more than you.
After all, they say that wealth is like butter; it is best spread.
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