Spending power has nothing to do with success. Reducing ourselves to commodities marks our complete failure. There’s nothing more irrelevant to success than accumulating the most matter, because winners aren’t confined to an economic system. Winners aren’t defined by how much gold or silver they’re able to hoard. Winners aren’t defined by how many assets make up their wealth portfolio. Currency simply isn’t an accurate unit of measurement when determining success. However, we must define success before we declare its attributes. Success, instead of procuring the most matter, is good action, good as in simultaneously beneficial to oneself and to the rest of humankind. Greed and licentious self-indulgence may be temporarily beneficial to oneself, but it corrupts society. The path to success can only be followed in a noble fashion; for this reason alone, Jesus didn’t need material wealth, power, and money in order to achieve success. Similarly, Mother Nature, doesn’t need to force us to respect her. Nature automatically commands our respect for such an intricate, life-sustaining design. Exploiting us for material gain or belittling us based on our net worth is the hallmark of failure, not of nature’s successes. Our spending power defines how much money we have, not the brilliance of our wit nor the purity of our moral consciousness.
Unfortunately, the dominant, materialistic Western culture seduced us. Snagged in this cancerous culture, we believe in a false idol (i.e. money). Money is used as the antithesis for morality and if we slip into a consumerist comatose state, we live to make money and spend money and as docile employees, work to make wealthy people even wealthier. Life is what matters. Money is a construct, a concocted concept that falsely represents wealth. Authentic wealth, on the other hand, isn’t limited to good old boy networks, old robber baron families, and banking dynasties, because wealth enables us to satisfy our needs, not gratuitously feeding our irrational desires. Food, shelter, family, compassion, ethics, and social bonding constitutes wealth, and the insane compulsion for power and status, usually acquired with enormous capital, only yields material wealth. To further illustrate the insanity, major news networks, which are owned by a handful of corporations, supplement the truth with lies intended to keep their investors happy, thus collecting same inferior, rotten copy of wealth. News unfortunately ceased to be investigative journalism decades ago. News is what sells now. We don’t need to feel guilty for buying luxury or watching anti-investigative journalism, but we need to remember that these luxury items will always be of little to no importance.
Money is actually debt. We can neither eat nor drink our toys, gadgets, and dumbed down entertainment. Technology cannot give human love nor camaraderie. Owning a plethora of toys doesn’t grant us license to justify the exploitation of the poor either. If we represent the upper crust of society, we may live lavishly, but we struggle with the same basic needs. Although, it could be argued that old money dynasties and their organizations have funded wars and chaos, thereby consolidating more power, for so many generations that they lost the ability to relate to the rest of us. Many privileged people have used their elite status to self-righteously condemn others. We should be careful. Piety can dissolve into blood thirst, simply justified by a perversion of the holy message. If we really are devout and ethical, we see only wickedness in torture of the “undesirables.” Only triumphant warriors truly understand their deity’s message. The pious won’t use evil as a means to an end and won’t accumulate matter to signify their self-importance. Success has nothing to do with the tangible, such as precious metals, minerals, or the dollar. Success requires ethical behavior. Warriors stay true to their morals but more importantly, warriors adhere to ethical principles. We aren’t beasts whose might makes right, and we aren’t nihilists foolish enough to self-proclaim our own Godhood.
Like mind, body, and soul, we cannot separate ethics from success without decimating each one. Breaking their immutable bond self-aggrandizes. Authentic leaders don’t promote success; they live it and inspire it in others. Successful people don’t spew vitriol toward the “less” worthy from the safety of a pseudo-anonymous Internet connection, and they certainly don’t use their wealth to marginalize and dehumanize people of a lower socioeconomic status. Money, as we are entrenched in our malfunctioning economic system, established the supreme goal of the depraved: Oppressive dominion over others. Money itself, however, is neither good nor evil. We gave money talismanic power and we can, if desired, remove its control over how we feel about ourselves and others. We can also use money responsibly and evolve toward Christ consciousness or we can join the kleptocrats, the corrupt politicians, the CEO’s with delusions of grandeur, and the greedy, sociopathic investors and regress further into a disparate and unequal society. Success means diligent and persistent work to close the chasm of hate and narcissism that divides us. Success means Christ consciousness.