Posted by Daz at TNT:
FROM JOSEPH....HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH?
I'm so glad someone is asking this question. The more $ someone earns, the more taxes they give towards the supposed well being of society.
The more $ someone earns, the more they are able to provide opportunity for others in the marketplace as well. For example, starting a business and hiring people. This is all good for everyone involved and if the wages aren't good enough then people will find work elsewhere.
Unless the "BAD" out weighs the "GOOD", something can not be judged as a "BAD" thing being labled as "greed" etc. You must explain what BAD it is causing for someone to use their labor more effectively earning more $.
You cannot lable someone as BAD just because you are jealous that they earn more than you. You should instead ask them how they did it so that you can be more effective with your labor as well.
How much physical health is too much? When does it become unhealthy? This question doesn't make any sense does it?
How much love is too much in a relationship? When does it become excessive? If there is a balance between care and lust than I don't see a downside here either.
How many friends are too many? When does it become excessive?
If one doesn't have time enough for all of their friends then I can see why spending all of your time maintaining these friendships can become exhausting. However, this assumes that one would have to spend a lot of time maintaining all of their friendships. This is not true if you are smart about it.
You can keep up with friends on facebook, you can text hundreds of friends at a time letting them know what your up to. You can have big friend get togethers including any number of people. If done effectively, there literally is no limit.
How much wisdom is too much? When does it become a downfall? If wisdom means to live valuably then how can you live too valuably? This question doesn't make any sense either.
Now, let us ask your question once more. "How much money is too much?"
What reason would you have to say that it would be too much? You mentioned the concept of greed. You inferred that if you earn a certain amount then it must be wrong and you called it greed. This is why it is important to question what good & bad something does and for who. That way you realize that you are living in false concepts of right & wrong. This holds humanity back in so many ways.
Think for yourself. Dont just assume that something is bad because someone feels jealous. Ask yourself why it is bad and for who it is bad for. Also ask why it is good and evaluate things for yourself.
Let me give you a better example of greed.
Wanting what someone esle has earned rather than earning it yourself. That is a better example of your concept of "GREED". Otherwise you would be glad for them and ask them how they earned so much so that you can also earn a lot. High earners are the most generous people.
I have had 4 people close to me try to make me feel guilty for not giving them more money then I already have given them lately.
The funniest thing is that each one of them think that they are the only one. I have given away more than all 4 people combined and since I don't toot my own horn every time I'm generous they don't know thinking that they deserve more of my money.
They don't realize that they need to contribute to the market place in order to earn money. They still think like children wanting someone else to provide for them.
HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH?
A couple of great books ....
Sudden Money: Managing a Financial Windfall
Sudden Wealth: Blessing or Burden? The Stories of Eight Families and the Financial AND Emotional Challenges They Face with Financial Windfalls