Seeking Wealth is a Bad Thing

Rivalry Side A | Other | Living

Nothing Wrong with Prosperity

Rivalry Side B | Other | Living

Is it wrong, immoral, or unethical to strive for prosperity? Has it become a bad thing to become wealthy or to even attempt to build wealth?

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Posted by in Other / Living on 6/07/12
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cutie122403 - 6/13/12 @ 5:39 PM:
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If more people wanted more for themselves and actually had the motivation to strive for the things they wanted then the world may be a little different. So many people settle for less. So the people that work for a living and strive for the better things in life have to pay for those that want to sit home and collect their welfare checks.

Side B Comment

LIBERAL - 6/12/12 @ 5:28 PM:
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There is nothing wrong with striving for prosperity. I admit myself I am very competitive, and often strive to do better in all areas of my life. This includes wealth. Who wouldn't?

However, that being said, I often find that many who do attain a certain amount of wealth do not just use it to their own benefit. They often use it to their advantage to do more harm than good to our society. It is this type of person that I quite frequently find callous to the plight of many others in America who are not as fortunate as they. While there are those who are exceptions like Mr. Bill Gates who do so much for so many, there are those whose lack of compassion I find to be nothing less than despicable.
Ryan Kazinec - 6/13/12 @ 6:58 PM: Ally | Side B
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While I do agree with your premise in that you should give in the circumstances where you are financially able to but I don't feel that it's my place or anyone else's place to force charity upon people. I for one give (When I can) because it makes me feel good to help someone or something and would give much more if I was financially able to. I guess the only difference in our points of view is that there should be no government or societal requirement to do so. Forced charity is theft while voluntary charity is beautiful. If some rich cuss wants to be a stingy ahole, I say let him/her. Karma is a son of a gun and will bite them in the ass.
LIBERAL - 6/13/12 @ 7:24 PM: Ally | Side B
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Not really sure where you were going with your remark Ryan? I said nothing about making it a requirement for wealthy citizens to give back to their communities and fellow human beings, only that to not do so seems a little despicable and callous to me. If your reply was to mean something else I'm afraid I missed the point. Actually, I'm a little confused by your remark, but I wholeheartedly agree that karma will come back to bite them, but the real question is "Why should it have to?". All I really have to say on the matter is do the right thing. Be a good human being.
Ryan Kazinec - 6/13/12 @ 8:33 PM: Ally | Side B
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I guess that was a bit of an assumption but I didn't think it was much of a stretch knowing your opinion of our current President and the typical views liberals have on the progressive tax code which in my opinion is in part forced charity. I didn't mean any offense and certainly apologize if I was off base.

Side B Comment

mama kaz - 6/12/12 @ 7:09 AM:
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I don't understand this growinv attitude in this country that it's wrong to be rich. You don't get rich without long hours and hard work. If a person is willing to do that I respect and support their efforts. I could have done a lot more with my life but chose to concentrate on the things I love most which don't bring me wealth but do bring me joy. (Mothering and grandmothering) I have no regrets and no jealousy towards those who are willing to work harder than me and sacrifice their time in order to accomplish their goals.

Side B Comment

Jeff - 6/7/12 @ 7:23 PM:
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Agreed!!

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Ryan Kazinec - 6/7/12 @ 4:36 PM:
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If you think it's wrong to strive for success, then may I ask what in the heck are you doing living in this country? There is absolutely nothing wrong with prosperity and there's nothing wrong with hard work which tends to lead to success (and wealth). There is however something wrong with lazy people being given a comfortable existence through the theft of tax dollars from those that actually believe in earning a living.
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