>As I was perusing my library of the many books that I should read but as of now have not, I opened up my John Adams book by David McCullough. A quote struck me as very relevant to the economic status of these times we are currently in, and while I can not say for certain when, as it is not dated, this quote appears to have been uttered by John Adams sometime in the 1790’s, around 210 years before our current economic state.
“I am so well satisfied with my present simplicity that I am determined never to depart from it.” He said this making a vow never again to spend money just to keep up appearances, as times were tight.
I challenge everyone to think about this quote, regardless of the mouth from which it was uttered, it serves a great purpose.
Updated: To further this discussion, as I was reading some works from Albert Einstein, this part of which does not require much interpretation as he is a straight shooter.
“I am absolutely convinced that no wealth in the world can help humanity forward, even in the hands of the most devoted worker in this cause. The example of great and pure individuals is the only thing that can lead us to noble thoughts and deeds. Money only appeals to selfishness and irresistibly invites abuse. Can anyone imagine Moses, Jesus, or Gandhi armed with the money-bags of Carnegie?”