Recently I went out to serve food to homeless people. They were all really nice and grateful that we were there, but it did get me thinking.
I know I have a really great life. I always have enough food, good housing, an education and I don't really have any family issues. We don't really have a lot of money, but we are not poor. We give money and volunteer fairly regularly, but because we don't have a lot of excess, we don't do that much.
What I really wonder about is why people in the really high upper class remain in the upper class. Why they think they need all these less then useful possessions when so many people have so little. I do think that they deserve some of what they have, but what does one really NEED all that extra money for? Why does anyone think that, in a very rich example, they should get that extra summer home when some people don't even have a home at all?
I am not saying that people should give up their money. I like the life I have, and I think that I do deserve some possessions because of the work my family does, but I think that we really should be willing as a society to give more to those in need. I think we need to look less highly on money. I think this is especially true for the really really rich. I know that, for an example, that JK Rowling has more then one castle. It is one thing to have a home enough food and some extra possessions, but it is entirely another to spend money on another castle. What does one put in the other castle. Why would you want another empty house. Why do mansions look so appealing if you don't use any of the space?
I do not wish to be famous, or rich in any way, but due to my circumstances I know that I will have the potential to become fairly wealthy, but I do not think that I want to keep that wealth. I want a modest home, enough food for my family, and enough money to pay for my children's educations. I don't think that being rich would make me any happier.
What do you guys think? Do you think that the rich do deserve to keep all the money they have? What about assisting those in other countries, or even the USA, who have considerably less? Would being rich make you guys happeir? I would love to hear your opinions.